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The Bruton Parish Story
In partnership with Bruton Parish Church, we are now distributing The Bruton Parish Story by Donna L. Bailey through this website and on Amazon.com. Produced by The Donning Company Publishers, it’s the latest book on iconic Bruton parish in Colonial Williamsburg. The building was completed in 1715. The parish itself is more than three hundred years old and has been at the crossroads of early American history. Through the narrative and photos, readers will follow the rich story of the parish, the building, and events witnessed by its people since 1674. Full of images, it expands on the contributions of Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin (colleague of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.) and discusses the role of African Americans. Other sections highlight sacred organ music, notable visitors, and nine of the best known cemetery monuments. The book concludes with descriptions of ministries undertaken today by this active congregation of the Episcopal Church, both within and beyond its walls.
I Got Nuthin’ Strange to Rite – Jeff Toalson
GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE by Jeff Toalson
A SELECTION OF FORGOTTEN SOUTHERN LETTERS 1861-1865
This book, like the three preceding, is dedicated to preserving the true history of ordinary Confederate soldiers and civilians. It is the culmination of 15 years of research resulting in the publication of unforgettable letters documenting hardship, illness, loss and love during the Civil War.
The letters are published as they were written, and the chapter titles speak to the range of material included. For instance: “I lived three days on five biscuit and a little bacon”; “I got a pice of mule neck in my mouth”; “I still remain your loveing wife until death”.
The voices captured in I GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE take you straight to the camps and onto the battlefields of war; to the farms and the family left struggling behind; to the predicaments of slaves hired out on contract. You’ll learn about the deadly diseases that affected soldiers–smallpox, dysentery, measles. You’ll learn what it was like to slog through forests and swamps with shortages of supplies but no shortage of perils.
This extraordinary collection of letters is a treasure painstakingly created through a labor of love.