James Edwin Love began his interesting life in County Antrim, Ireland, in 1830. Twenty years later he found himself in St. Louis, where he met and eventually became engaged to an Irish-born lady named Eliza Wilson, nicknamed Molly. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, James enlisted in the Union Army and left St. Louis with his unit. This marked the beginning of one of those remarkable epistolary records the Civil War is rich with: the soldier's eloquent letters back home to his beloved. My Dear Molly: The Civil War Letters of Captain James Love collects this particular cache, which spans all four years of the war. Missouri History Museum archivist Molly Kodner edited the collection, and she presents it tonight at the museum.
7 p.m. Tue., Apr. 7. Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org). Free admission.
Tue., April 7, 7 p.m., 2015