Published DatePLYMOUTH — "Our War: Days and Events in the Fight for the Union" will be presented by New Hampshire author Mike Pride on Thursday, March 28 at 4 p.m. at the Pease Public Library.
In Our War, Mike Pride uses letters, diaries, and contemporary newspaper accounts to shape fifty stories of death, love, bravery, and survival. One story leads to another, and the war unfolds as New Hampshire men and women lived it from the heady days of 1861 to the costly victory of 1865.
This innovative approach allows the people of the Civil War generation to answer the big questions in their own words: Why did they go to war? How did the war play out on the home front? How did they view the shift in the war's cause from preserving the Union to freeing the slaves? Why did men fight on despite poor leadership, ghastly carnage, and epidemic swamp fevers?
"No historian has been more imaginative than Mike Pride in weaving together the intricate relationships between home front and the army. Beautifully written and brilliantly researched, compelling and important." writes Peter Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
Pride is a historian and journalist. He is editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor, where he ran the newsroom for thirty years. Pride served on the Pulitzer Prize board for nine years. He has co-authored or co-edited five previous books, including My Brave Boys, a history of Colonel Edward E. Cross and the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. Learn more about him at http://our-war.com/.
The program is free and open to the public.