A big war told small

The Civil War remains "Our War" as a nation and a people, but first it belonged to the generation that lived it. In his new book, Mike Pride uses letters, diaries, and contemporary newspaper accounts to shape fifty stories of death, love, bravery, and survival. One story leads to another, and the war unfolds as New Hampshire men and women lived it from the heady days of 1861 to the bittersweet victory of 1865.

Once again Mike Pride has brought the past alive with this insightful and moving reminder that the best history is more often than not a bottom-up history. We see a "universe of battle" through the eyes of people who might have been our great-grandfathers. This is history firing on all cylinders.

Ken Burns,
Filmmaker, The Civil War

Our War: Days and Events in the Fight for the Union

The Civil War Is 'Our War'

Meet the Author

Mike Pride

Mike Pride is a historian and journalist. He is editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor, where he ran the newsroom for thirty years. Pride served on the Pulitzer Prize board for nine years. He has co-authored or co-edited five previous books, including My Brave Boys, a history of Colonel Edward E. Cross and the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. Pride graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in American studies and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford University. He lives in Concord with his wife Monique.

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