Len Thomas couldn't allow himself to let the story of Civil War soldier Harrison Harmon Carson become lost to the passage of time.
So when he heard about worries over the future of the soldier's letters, the 72-year-old Swartz Creek historian decided to do something about it.
Thomas tells MLive.com (http://bit.ly/UqNN4v) he "decided to take the bull by the horns," and bought the letters. He transcribed more than 100 letters home from Carson during about four years of the war and put them together for a book, "The Civil War letters of Harrison Harmon Carson."
He also wrote a brief introduction to each before each year of the letters.
Thomas hopes to get the books into stores soon. He says it's a "marvelous story" that "just needs to be told."
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