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A Soldier, His Brother, and a House

Genres: History

Read the letters Jacob Defendorf, a child of the Civil War, only 15 when he enlisted with the 193rd Regiment Volunteers, composed between 1864 and 1866 and of those received by him in this collection of letters preserved nearly 160 years.  Read of where the letters were found, in a house that has held its own lore in a small village’s history.  And, read of the ones who have honored both Jacob and the house.

The above is from the back blurb of this 8.5×11 paperback book, published in 2020 by Path Publishing and commissioned by the family currently living in the house built in 1856 in Fowlerville, Michigan.  The title is of a soldier–Jacob Defendorf, Civil War soldier; his brother–Dr. Byron Defendorf of Fowlerville, Michigan; and a house–a statuesque two-story house still beautifully maintained in the good doctor’s hometown.

Copies of this book containing pictures of all the preserved letters and envelopes (some with stamps) plus genealogy of all connected with the house, maps, photos from the local history, and newspaper articles can be obtained through, kindle direct printing, for $18.95.

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