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The Insiders: 'Monitor' brass past and present on the Civil War

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

We weren’t around for the Civil War. Sounds bad, though. The impact was certainly felt on local soil, which is why Mike Pride, former editor of the Monitor, and Mark Travis, publisher of the Monitor, are offering a discussion called “Concord and Penacook During the Civil War: Fact and Fiction,” tonight at 7:30 at the City Auditorium.

Hey, when your boss speaks, you listen. And when our boss speaks, you should listen, too. No, really – go to this. The future of this column could well depend on attendance, at least if the bald bruiser named Bruno who paid us a visit at the behest of a mysterious character named M. Travis is to be believed.

Neither Pride nor Travis was around for the Civil War, either, though they may feel as though they were after the extensive research they’ve done, Pride’s for Our War, his recently released history of New Hampshire during the war, and Travis’s for Pliney Fisk, a mystery novel he set in Concord just after the war. Both of those works were influenced by My Brave Boys, a history of the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers that Pride and Travis wrote together about a decade ago.

If the title of the discussion is any indication, tonight should feature both truths and nontruths about the era. For instance, fact: The Civil War was fought in black and white, though it is being digitally remastered in 3-D IMAX. Fiction: The entire war began over a dispute about parking on Main Street.

The event is free and is part of the Walker Lecture series. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis, with doors opening at 7 p.m. For more information, call 225-6497 or go to

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