Publication displays photocopies of one-of-a-kind 150 year old letters from the battlefield, written by a homesick volunteer to his mother and father. John Shook evolves from callow farm boy to battle hardened soldier who was an eyewitness to some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The book is remarkable for the perfectly preserved envelopes and artwork propagandizing the war in the service of boosting troop morale.
Alfred Marion Chard was raised in Audubon, Iowa, in the dust bowl years. He graduated from the State University of Iowa and the US Navy Midshipman's School at Columbia University in 1943. After the war he was a business executive in the manufacturing industry. He is now retired and working on his second book.