This week on Mailin’ It, we’ll explore the extraordinary power of letter writing and the crucial role played by the Postal Service during the U.S. Civil War. Get ready for a truly special episode, as we’ll have the privilege of hearing firsthand accounts from a Civil War soldier and his family through the letters they shared during that tumultuous time.
Envision a time when our nation was engulfed in a Civil War, and the only connection with loved ones was through the exchange of letters. In this episode, we’ll delve into the profound impact of letter writing during the Civil War era and the importance of the Postal Service. Guiding us through this conversation are special guests Lynn Heidelbaugh, the Curator of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s history department, and Tom Paone, a Civil War historian and Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.