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Virtual Lecture on Civil War Letters Thurs March 11 at 1 pm

Join the Liberty Public Library on Thurs. March 11th at 1:00 pm for a virtual presentation by Diana McCarthy titled A Hard Battle: Peter & Clarinda’s Civil War.

Peter L. Dumont was a Union soldier who was born in Schoharie County and had moved to Utica as a teenager.  Over an eighteen-month period following his enlistment, he sent eighty detailed letters home to his wife Clarinda, writing with candor about military life and sketching pictures.  He chronicled his harrowing experiences fighting for the Army of the Potomac, and described his confinement in a Confederate prison

The letters were given to their daughter, who passed them down through the generations in a cardboard box marked “War Letters from My Father to My Mother.”  Now, over 150 years later, their great-great-great granddaughter Diana McCarthy has transcribed the letters, and will present their stories for the first time.

Step back in history to learn about Peter’s battles, including his desperate efforts to get a furlough home, and how Clarinda sought assistance from Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office to discover what happened to her husband a year after he disappeared in the Battle of the Wilderness.

In order to get the zoom link, please email the library at lib@rcls.org prior to 11 am on Thurs. March. 11th.

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