Mary Lou Pavlik - A Civil War Doctor's Wife
Ever since she first read the Civil War letters of her great-great grandfather about 20 years ago, Mary Lou Pavlik has had an especially keen interest in The Great Rebellion.
Today, she has a hard time checking out of the 19th century.
"I have strong passion for the Civil War," said Pavlik, a lifelong resident of Torrington, CT and President of the Connecticut Civil War Round Table.
Dressed in period attire, Pavlik takes a step back in time by assuming the character of her great-great grandmother and reading aloud the letters of great-great grandfather George Bronson at Civil War living history demonstrations at least five times a year.
In 44 unpublished letters to his wife Mary Anne, Bronson wrote about patriotism, missing home back in Connecticut, the horrors of the battlefield, caring for the wounded and entering the rebel capital in the final days of the war. The often-eloquent letters of the physician from Berlin, Conn., are a fantastic window into the most tumultuous time in our nation's history.
Courtesy of John Banks Civil War Blog. Learn more about Bronson.
George Bronson served as a hospital Mary Lou, dressed in 19th century attire, places flags at the grave of her ancestor.
steward in the 11th Connecticut.