Friday, June 24, 1:30pm
It’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Nick Adams, retired school teacher, author, and storyteller, is passionate about the Civil War. Come hear him share the story of how it all began. He will talk about his own great-great-grandfather’s life as a soldier and how his letters led to the writing of The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom, a book with Fillmore County ties. You see, Mr. Adams’ great-great-grandfather was from Fillmore County (Beaver Township) and he frequently mentioned “the Chatfield boys” in his letters.
A synopsis of the book from Strategic Publishing Group:
The Uncivil War demonstrates how history can become magically alive and meaningful when students become personally involved.
Morgan Huddleston and Jeremy Wiggins have shared a classroom for three years, disliking each other the whole time and in constant competition. Then a fourth grade social studies assignment reveals they are directly connected by tragic events that occurred 150 years earlier. Morgan and Jeremy contact their relatives and learn they both had a great-great-great-grandfather present at the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga – but on opposite sides. Morgan’s distant grandfather fought for the Confederacy while Jeremy’s distant grandfather was a Union soldier who was killed in the battle. So the big “What if…?” question is raised in the classroom. How the two students arrive at a resolution that ends their own uncivil war is the heartening conclusion to the story. The Uncivil War melds its contemporary setting with flashbacks that draw on historical characters, preserved family letters, and actual battlefield events, bringing history to life.
The book will be available for purchase and signing. Geared to 4th graders through adult.
Click HERE to read a Bluff Country News article about Nick Adams.