At the onset of the Civil War, a husband and father left his family to fight for the Union, never to return. Corporal David Brainard Griffin’s letters home to his prairie homestead in Minnesota described life as a soldier in wartime, his fears and exhilarations, and his thoughts and emotions. Although he was killed two years after joining the volunteer regimen, 100 of his letters were preserved and cherished by his family.
Nick Adams, Lakewood novelist and great-great-grandson of Griffin, transcribed and annotated the letters for his book, “My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters from a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer.” Meet Adams at a free event at 2 p.m., Oct. 25, at the South Hill Pierce County Library, 15420 Meridian E. in South Hill.
A retired teacher from Discovery Elementary School in Gig Harbor and Civil War reenactor, Adams plans to use the letters to write a later novel about Griffin’s family and their life during his absence. Adams’s first novel was a children’s book, “The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom.”