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The Suburbanite
  • About Books: Book reflects on Ohio soldiers in Civil War

  • University of Akron Press book reveals personal side of the part Ohio soldiers played in Civil War.

     

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  • The conflicting nature of the experience Ohioans enjoyed and endured during the Civil War is made more understandable by a book recently published by University of Akron Press.
    That collection of stories, “Leaving Home in Dark Blue: Chronicling Ohio’s Civil War Experience through Primary Sources & Literature” (192 pages, paperback, $19.95), is edited by Curt Brown of Akron, a writer who formerly worked at University of Akron Press. The text adds to literary works marking the continuing 150th anniversary of the War Between the States.
    “Except for one raid, Ohio’s soil was not touched by Civil War battles,” notes the publisher. “Ohio’s people, on the other hand, were extremely influential in the war’s outcome. From generals to privates, Ohio provided a steady stream of combatants and Ohio blood was shed from Bull Run to Appomattox.”
    The publisher calls the collection unlike other  compilations about historical events because it is focused “on the common individual.”
    The collected sources uncover stories of men, women, and children from various walks of life and economic conditions who took part in military service or served on the home front,” said the publisher, noting that the variety of sources include newspaper reports, diary entries, personal letters, commencement programs, poetry, and short fiction pieces.
    “Read about a sister in search of her lost brother; about James Garfield’s description of a battle and its result, a grieving mass of bleeding flesh; about a school class’s visit to a local Civil War hospital; and about the life as a prisoner of war,” promotes the publisher. “The descriptions are at times direct and gruesome, but in other cases satirical and comical.”
    Introductions precede each document and annotations provide other details that aid readers in understanding the context of the writing. A timeline places the story in its chronological place and guides readers through the overall conflict as it unfolded for both the nation and the Buckeye State.
    “Trace the emotions of Ohioans from enthusiasm at the start of the war, through the drudgery of the war, to joy when Lee surrenders.”
    BOOK SIGNING
    Diana R. Boggia, whose weekly parenting column “Family Matters” appears each Wednesday in The Repository, will present the program “How to reach and teach your child without yelling,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at Perry Christian Preschool at 139 Perry Dr. NW.
    The free public event will offer those who attend the opportunity to ask questions about parental concerns that can be addressed by Boggia’s positive alternatives for reaching and teaching children. To register, call Sara Modlyn at 330-477-3998.
    Boggia’s book, “Parenting with a Purpose,” expands on those techniques through case examples. The book will be on sale at the preschool appearance and the author will be available to sign copies.