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Civil War Lecture Series: “Beloved Companion: The Civil War Letters of James and Frances Catherine Wood”

Repeats daily until April 17, 2013
University Auditorium, Mayer Administration Building, 2601 W. Avenue N
This dramatic reading is based on family correspondence in the possession of Harriet Lewis, great-great granddaughter of the husband and wife who wrote the 80 letters to each other during the last nine months of the Civil War in Virginia.

“Beloved Companion” brings to life the heartfelt emotion of Frances and James Wood after he joined the Union Army and marched off to war as a member of the 199th Pennsylvania.  Both husband and wife faced the challenge of survival, him against the vagaries of war and her, with her three young daughters, against the hardest Pennsylvania winter in years.  Though the letters were written almost 150 years ago, they speak to today’s military families about the anxiety of separation and the pain of loss.

Lewis and her husband compiled and edited the letters into a staged dramatic reading as part of the Civil War Lecture Series.  The production was made possible through the joint efforts of the University Theatre and the History Department in conjunction with the co-authors.

The production is open free to the public.

“Beloved Companion” is the final presentation in Angelo State University’s 2012-13 Civil War Lecture Series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the conflict. 

Funding to stage the dramatic reading was provided by ASU’s University Center Program Council or UCPC.  While UCPC sponsors numerous programs each year, “Beloved Companion” marks the first time UCPC has funded an original production.  UCPC President Karina Maldonado and the UCPC Board approved the funding for staffing, costuming and props and requested that the production be open free to the public.

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    Art by Leonor Constancio


Dr. Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai
Assistant Professor of History

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