Civil War Letters To Dedham From The Lathrop Brothers

“My Dear Mother: Civil War Letters to Dedham from the Lathrop Brothers”

January 21, 2021

One by one the three Lathrop brothers from Dedham enlisted to fight for the Union after the Civil War broke out in 1861. During the next four years, John, Julius, and Joseph Lathrop wrote more than 100 letters home to their mother and sisters, telling them of fierce battles, long marches, camp life, and their dedication to the Union cause.

In this webinar, Stuart Christie, a recent DHSM Board member who spent three years transcribing the letters, talks about the Civil War, the brothers, and other Dedham men who enlisted. Click here to watch the webinar, and here for the audio version.

These letters are in the collection of the DHSM and have recently been published—unvarnished—in a book by same title as the webinar. Click here to read more about the book and/or purchase a copy.