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Adventures Along the Seafarer's Trail!

Note from Lisa:

During the Civil War on New Year's Day 1865, a weary Union private, Charles McDowell, wrote a letter to his young wife describing half-buried bodies, recent attacks, and his hope for the new year. Travel 150 years back in time to join his heart and mind (and his stomach full of hardtack) by clicking here (Charles is my great-great grandfather who wrote the above pictured letters).

Like sailors, Union soldiers such as Charles ate hardtack (a hard biscuit made from flour) when there was little else available--and they were pretty sick of it! Charles much preferred the diet of Confederate soldiers--johnnycakes (or hoecakes). To make a johnnycake (made with cornmeal), click here.

If you don't feel like cooking today, then come out for one of the area's polar or penguin plunges!

Anchors aweigh!
— Lisa Saunders
P.S. This newsletter is a continuation of the book, Mystic Seafarer's Trail.
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Winter is the perfect time to enjoy art exhibits, some done by locals such as the Loose Association of Plein Air Artists, whose work is currently hanging in  the Mystic & Noank Library through Jan. 27 (where you can also see Barry Boodman's famous trains)! 

Winter is also a great time to follow these popular trails: For Locals and Entrepreneurs
Find the Dead!
I am currently looking for the burial places of unidentified bodies from area shipwrecks (such as from the Metis wrecked off Watch Hill in 1872) or ones that are thought to be associated with Mystic ships that wrecked elsewhere (like the recently found wreck of the City of Waco--see grave marker above). If you have any information  you would like to share, please let me know!

Mystic Writer's Colony--includes tips/meetings/events.

I will be teaching the following evening classes through
 New London Adult and Continuing Education.
Tues, April 7, Memoir Writing Class
Tues, April 21, Self-Publishing

Want me to speak to your group about memoir writing, marketing, self-publishing or some other topic? See my possible workshops or contact me at

The Lisa Saunders Show

Reading of Civil War letters between a private and his wife

The Lisa Saunders Show airs on Channel 12, Weds, 8pm, and on the Lisa Saunders Show YouTube channel. Lisa's videography & production team: Suzanne Janso and Suzanne Doukas Niermeyer, Freelance Editor.



Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and marketing consultant. As a TV show host, instructor at New London Adult and Continuing Education and Pathfinder columnist, Lisa shares news and stories and helps others share theirs. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of seven books, a part-time historical interpreter at Mystic Seaport and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As the parent representative of the Congenital CMV Foundation, Lisa works to prevent the #1 birth defects virus. Lisa lives in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband and offers several workshops . See her  News 8 interview or visit Lisa:

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 Photo captions: Charles McDowell Civil War letters by Larry Chester. Lisa in Civil War dress by Collette Fournier. Bio photo of Lisa by Cindy Barry. Sketches by Marianne Greiner.