The story begins...
Just before Christmas, 1861, James “Jamie” McNeil, a young recruit in Captain Buckham’s
Sharpshooter Company at Delhi, New York, writes
a letter of apology to pretty Mary Edwards. Mary had tumbled off her horse, and Jamie hopes she will forgive him for causing the accident. Mary, a spirited young woman from a
farm near Meredith Square, replies pertly that
she cannot accept his apology for, she admits,
the mishap was entirely the fault of her own
Willful Nature. She had been scandalously riding
astride, and in scrambling to adjust herself
properly sidesaddle, had lost her balance and
fallen. “As Grandmother would say, I am a
foolish girl who got what was coming to me,” she
tells him. Jamie gallantly replies that she
should not believe she deserved what she got,
and that her fall was really very graceful.
So begins a correspondence that is to last
through nearly four years of war and suffering,
and will blossom into a love that will sustain
each of them in their most trying days.
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Jamie's Gettysburg Letter to Mary.
author brings the years of the United States
Civil War to life as you've never experienced
them before. Using letters sent between soldiers
fighting in the war and loved ones waiting at
home, she describes, in a clear and compelling
way, their thoughts and feelings as they live
through the most horrendous war America has ever
You will fall in love with Mary and Jamie as
they slowly discover each other and a love that
will last a lifetime.
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