January 18, 2022

I wish to offer a different perspective than that given by Lois M. Reed in the (Dec. 8) Bangor Daily News review of “Dearest Father,” edited and narrated by H. Draper Hunt, published by North Country Press.

Rather than concentrating on the author’s title choice or predominant narrative, I wish to commend North Country Press for publishing a book that reveals the fascinating wartime experiences, through 77 letters, written by Lt. Frank Dickerson of Belfast during the Civil War.

Hunt’s text provides the historian’s perspective and essential background that sets the scene for the main drama — Lt. Dickerson’s letters home to his father, Judge Jonathan Garland Dickerson, who spent his early career in Searsport.

Too few collections of letters have emerged — especially ones so poignant — that describe a time of high national drama.

I encourage your readers to read “Dearest Father” and learn in detail the story of the experiences of both officers and enlisted men during the most bloody American conflict in our history. Renny A. Stackpole, director Penobscot Marine Museum Searsport

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