PURE HEART:The Faith of a Father and Son in the War for a More Perfect Union by William F. Quigley Jr.

This is the story of a father and son overlooked in history but praised in their day as exceptional American heroes. Their patriotism and principled tact amid fiery partisanship, racial bigotry, and civil war are lessons for our own time.

Praise for PURE HEART

“An unknown but riveting story of the Civil War”

- John Stauffer, prizewinning author of The Black Hearts of Men, GIANTS, and Picturing Frederick Douglass

“A ground-level history told by a master biographer”

- Ronald C. White Jr., author of AMERICAN ULYSSES: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant and A. Lincoln: A Biography

“The book is a treasure.”

- Mark A. Noll, author of The Civil War as a Theological Crisis

Pure Heart by William F. Quigley Jr.

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 Bill Quigley teaches history here at  Governor's. More than 20 years ago, while helping colleagues haul laden cardboard boxes from a flooding basement serving then to store archives at the Academy, he stumbled upon a forgotten collection of Captain Dorr’s wartime letters, pencil & ink sketches of soldiers and encampments, and sprigs of wildflowers that he’d clipped and sent to his father, rector of Philadelphia’s historic Christ Church. Quigley set out to learn about that Union soldier, and his quest led to a still greater trove: an archetypal case of the Union in civil war.


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