To mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer and historian Annette Atkins have been following the progression of the war through the letters and diaries of Minnesotans.
On September 8th, 1861, a young man from Faribault, Minnesota wrote a letter to his family while in a field in Maryland. 19-year-old Edward Bassett was serving in the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He had just fought in the battle of Bull Run.
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