Author Lisa Saunders of Mystic presents the Civil War love letters featured in the book, Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife, published by Heritage Books. Photo by Collette Fournier.
Free and open to the public
Author Lisa Saunders will present Civil War love letters from her book, Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife published by Heritage Books, to the Waterford Women's Club. The public is invited to attend.
Presentation: “Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife”
Waterford Library, lower level
Admission: Free and open to the public
The Waterford Women's Club is hosting Lisa Saunders of Mystic, author of Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife, which features the love letters between Lisa’s great-great grandparents, Charles and Nancy McDowell. Charles married Nancy when she was 15 years old on Christmas Eve in 1860. Enlisting as a private in the New York 9th Heavy Artillery two years later, he asked Nancy to save his letters. Despite his grueling battles and marches, he was able to save hers as well. Together, their letters tell of bullets, hangings, prostitutes, venereal disease, “clever women,” and the court marshalling of a cow. Ever True is also a "readers theater." (Charles fought in several battles with the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery in the Sixth Corps.)
Lisa Saunders of Mystic is an award-winning writer, TV host, and part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of several books, including the humorous and historical travel memoir, Mystic Seafarer's Trail.
The Civil War love letters of Private Charles McDowell and his wife Nancy featured in the book, Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife, published by Heritage Books.
Photo by Larry Chester.
Lisa will be joined in the reading of the letters by Captain Marcus John Fisk and Pamela Collins Fisk of New London, Connecticut.
Captain Marcus John Fisk has appeared in over 30 stage productions in Virginia, Maryland, Colorado and California. Most recently, Fisk was in A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, 1776, Broadway Bound, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (George), in the Washington DC area. He authored the book to the Vietnam POW musical, Four Part Harmony, slated for a 2015 NYC production and was the Technical Advisor to the Discovery Channel production, Vietnam POWs: Stories of Survival, which received the 1998 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. He has just completed the screenplay, The Sea Devil, on the life of Count Felix von Luckner, a swashbuckling, chivalric German Officer who raided allied shipping in WWI. A retired Navy Captain and graduate of the Naval Academy, Fisk is a consultant with the Department of the Navy on Special Operations and Irregular Warfare.
Pamela Collins Fisk worked many years as a staffer for Congressman Joe Kennedy and then went on to own and operate a Bed & Breakfast on Nantasket Beach in the Boston area. She has modeled for various designers doing both runway and print, and was a Historic Interpreter for George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon in Virginia. She is planning on opening another B&B at her new Victorian home in New London this spring, and is currently finishing her book, The Innkeepers Diary, to be published this summer. Pamela and her husband, Captain Marcus John Fisk, have two sons and a daughter and are expecting their first granddaughter in April. The couple now lives in New London, Connecticut. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See event flyer at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WhYlLsRaWuEHvUkuu-2kvwtz6xC9iyBYa0f-BRGJI0Q/edit?usp=sharing
For more information about the event, contact Gay Clarkson, Co-President, Waterford Woman’s Club, at email@example.com, or Waterford Public Library at 49 Rope Ferry Road Waterford, Connecticut 06385, Tel. 860-444-5805.