Dear Sarah

Dear Sarah

Letters Home from a Soldier of the Iron Brigade
Edited by Coralou Peel Lassen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/1/1999
Format: cloth 208 pages, 9 b&w photos, 18 figures, 9 maps
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-33560-9
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Over 80 letters from Corporal John Pardington to his wife paint a vivid portrait of the life and everyday concerns of a Union soldier and his transformation from simple Michigan country boy to seasoned fighter. His touching love letters are made even more poignant because the reader is aware of the young soldier's impending death at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Author Bio

The author was born in Michigan in 1930. After moving to Massachusetts with her family, graduating from Boston University with a degree in psychology, and marrying, she taught sixth grade for a few years until motherhood became her full time career. It was during her teaching years, while teaching history, that she gained an appreciation for the Civil War letters that had been in her family for generations. She is the mother of two, the grandmother of two, and lives with her husband on Cape Cod.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Explanation of Names
Chapter One—September 1862
Chapter Two—October 1862
Chapter Three—November 1862
Chapter Four—December 1862
Chapter Five—January 1863
Chapter Six—February 1863
Chapter Seven—March 1863
Chapter Eight—April 1863
Chapter Nine— May 1863
Chapter Ten—June 1863
Chapter Eleven— July 1863

Appendix: Original Members of the Twenty-Fourth Michigan Infantry