BSF announces the publication of FROM A TRUE SOLDIER
AND SON: THE CIVIL WAR LETTERS OF WILLIAM C. H. REEDER.
in Company A of the Twentieth Indiana Infantry Regiment
throughout the war.)
Thirteen of young Williamís letters to his parents were
datelined either Brandy Station or Encamped near
Culpeper. He wrote that he was close to the railroad
"where we can see the iron horse as he goes snorting
by." Besides describing daily life in winter camp,
Williamís letters give a first-hand account of the Mine
Other letters tell of fighting on the Peninsula, at
Gettysburg, and in the Overland Campaign of Spring 1864
and also provide accounts of wartime events that are
less well documented. These include eye-witness reports
of the Merrimac wreaking havoc on the Unionís
blockading vessels the day before her duel with the
Monitor, accounts of living through a hurricane
while occupying Hatteras Island, months spent in a
Washington hospital, and being detailed to New York City
in the aftermath of the draft riots.
Three years of young Williamís letters to his parents in
Indianaóplus commentary, maps, and illustrationsóhave
been compiled by Carolyn and Jack Reeder, a professional
writer/retired editor team as well as BSF members and
descendants of the letter writer. (Many Virginia readers
are familiar with the Reederís books about the people
who lived in the area that is now Shenandoah National
FROM A TRUE SOLDIER AND SON is available
at Graffiti House, and it can also be ordered by mail.
(236 pages; 6 maps; 67 illustrations;
Proceeds from the sale of the book will help fund the
restoration of Graffiti House.
Carolyn Reeder is the author of over 10 books
focusing on the Civil War, the Blue Ridge
Mountains and World War II. Her husband, Jack, is
a direct descendant of William Reeder.