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Postmarked: Bleeding Kansas: Letters from the Birthplace of the Civil War Paperback – August 31, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492110612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492110613
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"All the terror of the raid seems captured in Sarah Fitch's final letter, a fitting, if horrific, ending to the collection." - Harry Smeltzer, Bull Runnings

"The letters provide an authentic look at a number of facets of Lawrence life in the mid-1850s and early 1860s. But ultimately the letters are still important today because of the glimpse they give us of the 'war before the War.' Long before the first shots at Fort Sumter, great fights were brewing here." - Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World

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Where the seeds of Civil War were planted . ..

There was no place in the country quite like Lawrence, Kan. in the mid-1850s. While other towns were founded on commerce, Lawrence was founded on conviction: The conviction to abolish slavery in America. Edward Fitch and his wife, Sarah, would write more than 150 letters from the turmoil that surrounded Douglas County, Kan. as Jayhawkers and Missouri ruffians battled over whether Kansas would enter the union as a slave or free state. Their letters ranged from the ordinary pioneer struggles to the atrocities of war, culminated by William Quantrill's bloody 1863 raid on Lawrence. Pieced together, Edward and Sarah's letters tell an important story of an ordinary family taking an extraordinary stand for a belief that would change a country.

More About the Author

I'm a longtime journalist and columnist based in Lawrence, Kan. You can find me stoking the still glowing embers of animosity between Kansans and Missourians as I dig up old and new stories about the Bleeding Kansas period and the beginnings of the Civil War. My latest book is Postmarked: Bleeding Kansas. It is a collection of letters from a pioneer couple who lived in Lawrence during William Quantrill's bloody raid on the town.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie Rexroad on November 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished this book, wow, what a great read. Through the letters by Edward and Sarah you are transported to a different time and have a real sense of the hardships, the adventure and the lives of those who settled the mid west. This is also a remarkable lens on the events and drama which divided our nation in the civil war. As Chad says, 'where belief becomes blood'. Brilliant!!! I strongly recommend this book. Gary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Peterson on December 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love reading History. And I loved this book!!! I hardly read the forward when I start a book, however, I did read this one. I actually had goose bumps and could not wait to learn more about Edward and his story. I was not disappointed!
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