January 20, 2008

NEW Small, Regional Publication

Regular visitors know by now that I'm a big fan of regional, small press publications. I've just discovered another new one. According to this story, Larry and Koren Lowenthal of Brimfield, Massachusetts have overseen the first-ever publication of Trying to Do My Duty, a fully annotated collection of sixty-odd letters written by Captain Francis D. Lincoln and his wife Rebecca while he served in the 46th Massachusetts Infantry. The 46th was a nine month unit mustered around October 1862 and sent home in July 1863.

Of particular note is how the letters were found. Apparently, Larry, a former National Park Service employee, was involved with the Hitchcock Free Academy (founded 1855) in the center of Brimfield which is where the letters were found unexpectedly a few years ago. There was no indication how the letters came to be there. Larry believes it is possible that nobody knew they were there since the 1930's.

The Lowenthals printed 600 copies of the book in paperback format only under the Marker Press banner. Copies of the book cost $17.95. They may be ordered direct by emailing the Lowenthals at Marker_Press@comcast.net or sending a check to Marker Press, PO 390, Brimfield, Mass., 01010. Include $2.95 for shipping.

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