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Gunnin’s great-great-grandfather wrote 160 letters home before dying on a Civil War battlefield

Civil War Author to Speak at Pickens Library

On Sunday, May 20, Civil War author Ann Gunnin will speak at the Friends of the Pickens Library Program from 3 - 5 p.m. at the Pickens Library. Gunnin, editor of “Letters to Virtue, A Civil War Journey of Courage, Faith, and Love,” compiled a detailed account of her great-great-grandfather’s life in the Twelfth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Charles W. Sherman composed 160 letters to his family from March 1862 until October 15th, 1864, just four days before he was killed in the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia.

Sherman’s English birth lends a unique perspective to his observations of the war and his opinions on the issues at hand. His words paint vivid pictures of daily life, generals and battles, as well as the politics of the nation’s turmoil. Sherman was stationed in Louisiana from 1862-64 and served in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in the fall of 1864.

What sets Gunnin’s book apart from other letter collections is added material which includes historical content concerning the activities and engagements of the regiment, research annotations, and appendices noting family history, “A Soldier’s Pay,” maps, and photos from Winchester National Cemetery. The book received the Lulu Downey Cadwalader Award in 2016 and has received many favorable reviews including those in the Civil War News and The Civil War Monitor.

Ann hails from Morristown, NJ and is a graduate of Skidmore College with a B.S. degree in Marketing/Quantitative Analysis. She has made Georgia her home since 1972 and has been a full time Bent Tree resident since 1997. Ann spent 17 years in the corporate world working in her major field, however she switched careers when she and her husband moved to Bent Tree by starting her own window treatment business, Nice Touches, which she ran for 12 years. Ann retired in 2009 to begin work on transcribing the letters and, subsequently, developing the book’s manuscript. She is married to Bud Gunnin, has three children and three grandchildren. She enjoys reading, and quilting and is an avid genealogy researcher which has led to memberships in the DAR, DUVCW and National Society of Daughters of 1812.

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