Sydney M. Williams, Jr., joined the American army in 1944 and served in the 10th Mountain Division in Italy until his release in 1945. All during that time he wrote letters home to his beloved wife, Mary. This collection includes correspondence with other family members and friends, and commentary by his son, Sydney M. Williams, III. Mary and Sydney had married in 1938 and moved to an older house on Middle Hancock Rd in Peterborough shortly before the hurricane of "38. There they continued their interest in sculpture, raised horses and goats, and had four children before Sydney was drafted. During the war Mary stayed in Peterborough part of the time and the rest with her family in Connecticut. Many of the letters reference art, neighbors, the animals, and the activities of the children offering a very personal portrait of the homefront as Sydney continued to be engaged with his family, while often being unable to comment on the war activities especially during the early months in Italy.
Sydney M. Williams, III, grew up on that small farm in Peterborough, and later spent his career on Wall Street. Now retired, he lives in Essex, Connecticut, with his wife, Caroline. His other books include One Man's Family: Growing up in Peterborough and Other Stories (2014) and Notes from Old Lyme: Life on the Marsh and Other Essays (2016), both from Bauhan Publishing.
Sydney and his siblings and a cousin are the founders and owners of this bookstore which opened in 1972.