Presented by author Molly Kodner:
The Missouri History Museum archives are bursting with collections that provide firsthand accounts of both historic and everyday moments, but when archivist M. E. Kodner came across the James Love letters, she knew she had discovered something extraordinary. My Dear Molly consists of the 166 letters that St. Louisan James Love wrote to his fiancée, Eliza Mary “Molly” Wilson, during his Civil War service. The letters discuss the war, including activities in Missouri, battles, Love’s life as a soldier, and his time in a Confederate prison, in addition to detailing the love story of James and Molly. Spanning the entire Civil War period, the letters give a full account of both the ongoing conflict and the many different aspects of Love’s life, making My Dear Molly a unique contribution to our literature of the time period.