So Much Blood: The Civil War Letters of CSA Private William W. Beard, 1861-1865
Wednesday, June 24, 7pm
Co-edited by Dr. Cornue and historian William R. Trotter, this full-length book is a collection of letters written by Beard, a Confederate Civil War soldier; letters that were actually found in their original form by Cornue under her mother's bed in Mecklenburg County, NC. The work also provides the historical, cultural and familial context surrounding the letters. “As a social scientist, I viewed merely publishing the letters by themselves an interesting prospect, but lacking in any real relevance to today's readers,” said Cornue. “I wanted to contextualize Beard through his letters to gain a better understanding today why an ordinary young North Carolina farmer would be an enthusiastic supporter of the Confederacy and what made slavery normal for him?
Dr. Cornue, currently a professor of Cultural Anthropology at Bloomfield College, has previously published two fiction novels as part of the “Sandra Troux Mysteries Series”, and the non-fiction, “The Dragon’s Daughters Return”. Dr. Cornue has also won the prestigious Susan B. Anthony Award for Service and Advocacy for Women in 1998. She lives in Montclair, NJ.