The Granite Farm Letters
The Civil War Correspondence of Edgeworth and Sallie Bird

Edited by John Rozier
Foreword by Theodore Rosengarten


"The Birds believed in a society divided by caste—both race and class. He was devoted to wife and family, and there is great tenderness in their letters."
New York Times

“Rozier’s engaging collection . . . reminds us again that the world of that class was, in essence, a circle of kith and kin. . . . Each of their graves are marked by cold funeral monuments, but these pages, brimming with vitality, are a more fitting remembrance. Now, thanks to Rozier and the fortuitousness of history, the Birds will live in the imaginations of readers who pick up this wonderful book.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Centered around a small plantation in the heart of middle Georgia's nineteenth-century cotton culture, The Granite Farm Letters send forth from the Civil War years not simply a record of clashing armies at the front or of the fraying fabric of life at home but also the correspondence of a close-knit family—the candid love and longing of husband and wife, the warm bonds of parents and children held firm through the turbulence of war.

Page count: 368 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Civil War letters at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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John Rozier was a native of Hancock County and served as director of Public Information Services at Emory University. He is also author of The Houses of Hancock and Black Boss: Political Revolution in a Georgia County (Georgia).