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Civil War Wives Book Discussion 

When: Wed., March 7, 10:30 a.m. 2012

My favorite parts of Julia Dent Grant are her oversized features and crossed eyes. But the most interesting and tragic part of her story is that, unlike her presidential husband, Ulysses S., she didn't have her memoir published until 73 years after her death, likely because of her gender. Then there's Angelina Grimké Weld, wife of famous abolitionist Theodore Weld, who grew up with slaves. Or the path Varina Howell Davis took to being the first First Lady of the Confederate States of America. All are detailed in Carol Berkin's Civil War Wives, a book getting the talking treatment for free at 10:30 this morning at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990). Light food will be served; RSVP by March 5. — Bryce Crawford

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