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Temple: Civil War comes home

Temple Historical Societywritten by Dave Anderson and published in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on October 9, 2013

The Civil War has always fascinated the American public.

“When you look back on American history, it was a huge event,” says journalist and historian Mike Pride, author of the recently published book, “Our War: Days and Events in the Fight for the Union.” “It absorbed and touched every family. So many people have roots back to that time. The history is much more alive.”

Pride’s book tells 50 stories of the Civil War as seen by New Hampshire soldiers and civilians. Through letters, newspaper accounts and documents loaned by families who still hold Civil War papers, Pride has put together a chronicle of how the war impacted New Hampshire. “We see a ‘universe of battle’ through the eyes of people who might have been our great-grandfathers,” wrote filmmaker Ken Burns about Pride’s book. “This is history firing on all cylinders.”

On Tuesday, Pride will be at the Temple Town Hall to talk about the book at the Temple Historical Society. The free talk will follow a brief 7 p.m. Meeting of the Historical Society. [read the full article on the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript web site]