The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Vol. 2, 1863
Artist, educator, musician, and graphic novelist Marek Bennett continues the saga of a Yankee school teacher in the Union Army, a two-volume comics adaptation of a New Hampshire Civil War memoir preserved in the collection of the Henniker Historical Society. In the first volume, The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, published in 2016, Young Freeman Colby joined the 39th Massachusetts Regiment in search of “better returns." Now Colby just wants to survive the war and return home to his friends and family in New England. Marching deeper into the war-torn heart of Virginia, he crosses paths with countless fellow survivors—widows, poets, volunteer nurses, refugee children, ragged soldiers, and brave mothers striving to deliver their families from slavery. This wide-ranging graphic novel weaves together their stories with Colby’s actual letters home, laying bare the day-to-day human struggles that shaped one of the most consequential years in American history.
Author: Drawn by Marek Bennett