My Dear Wife Letters to matilida Author:rebecca B. Drake & margie R. Bearss My dear wife~letters to Matilida tells the story of a family whose lives were forever changed as a result of the Civil War. Sid S. Champion,a 38-year-old plantation owner, was determined to join the Confederate Army in spite of the protests of his wife, matilida, who was 34 years old and the mother of four young children. Sid was persuasive. he ... more »argued that the war would be briefand that the south would be victorious.
As Grant and Sherman threatened Vicksburg, Sid found himself caught up in the excitement of war.In spite of Matilida's protests that he was too old to have enlisted, Sid chose to remain in the army and fight for the cause.« less