Ever True: One Couple's Journey Through The Civil War


This one act play is based on the book Ever True: Civil War Letters of Seward’s New York 9th Heavy Artillery of Wayne and Cayuga Counties between a soldier, his wife and his Canadian family. This couple's devotion to their country and each other, in the midst of war's infidelities, scandals, and the ever-present threat of death is presented in a cohesive and informative manner, yet charming and romantic, in a very personal way. The letters of Charles McDowell and his wife, Nancy, display remarkable devotion, and offer a unique perspective of the Civil War. Both the book and the play are based on these letters. Little known details about: hangings; prostitution; amputations; desertions; theft and murder among Union troops; personal contacts with Lincoln and Seward (of "Seward's Alaskan Folly"); battles of Cold Harbor, Monocacy, Opequon, the Siege of Petersburg, the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, the Appomattox Campaign; and Civil War era food are among the topics presented.

Lisa Saunders

2005, 8½x11, comb binding, 44 pp. 

ISBN: 9780788434860