The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby
Marek Bennett presents a comics adaptation of a New Hampshire Civil War memoir, preserved in the collection of the Henniker Historical Society, bringing to life the dry humor and grim conviction of teacher-turned-soldier Freeman Colby. Fiercely proud of his Granite State heritage, Freeman Colby bows to no one—not the rowdy students of his rural one-room schoolhouse, not the high-handed Union army officers in town, and certainly not those Rebel traitors causing all that trouble down South. But Colby needs work, and his ne’er-do-well little brother Newton needs looking after, so the boys enlist with a new regiment promising three years’ pay and plenty of adventure in a growing war. The account includes maps (1848 New England and 1862 Maryland), reference images, sources, and more. Published in 2016, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby won a Yalsa "Great Graphic Novel for Teens" award in 2017. The saga of Freeman Colby continues in The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Volume 2, 1863, published in 2019.
Author: Drawn by Marek Bennett