Civil War Love Letters of a Union Private and His Teenage Wife

    By on October 8, 2015

    Dramatic Reading at the Seward House Museum on October 9

    The Seward House Museum is proud to welcome author Lisa Saunders on as she dramatically brings to life the story of a mid-nineteenth-century romance tested by the Civil War. Saunders will draw from her book Ever True, which features the love letters of Charles McDowell and his teenaged-bride, Nancy. The event will take place at the Seward House Museum on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. There will be an admission fee. Reservations are required by calling us at (315) 252-1283, as space is limited.

    Through her dramatic reading, Saunders will share the story of the McDowells, who married on Christmas Eve of 1860 when Nancy was just 15-years-old. A few short years later, Charles enlisted as a private in the Union Army under the command of William Henry Seward Jr. The McDowells’ wartime correspondence depicts interactions with the Sewards as well as President Lincoln. It also discusses hangings, prostitutes, venereal disease, “clever women,” and the court marshalling of a cow. Audience members will be encouraged to participate in this performance as readers in this dramatic narrative.

    Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and local TV talk show host. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of seven books, history columnist for Pathfinder magazine, a part-time historical interpreter at Mystic Seaport, and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She lives in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband and hound and is currently working on a children’s book series about a dog and his boy.

    About the Seward House Museum

    Experience the exquisitely intact family home of William Henry Seward, Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. Guided tours of the historic interior explore topics including the Civil War, women’s rights, and antislavery through the compelling lives and accomplishments of the Seward family. Details on programs, events and hours can be found by calling (315) 252-1283, visiting, or by following the Seward House Museum on Facebook. The Seward House Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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