The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Vol. 2 (1863)

The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby, Vol. 2
Drawn by Marek Bennett
5”x7” / 550 pages / $24.95
color cover / b&w interior / +maps +reference images
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-0982415375


1863: The continuing saga of a Yankee school teacher in the Union Army:
Young Freeman Colby joined the 39th Massachusetts Regiment in search of “better returns,” but now he just wants to survive the war and return home to his friends & family in New England! Marching deeper into the war-torn heart of Virginia, he crosses paths with countless fellow survivors — widows, poets, volunteer nurses, refugee children, ragged soldiers, brave mothers striving to deliver their families from slavery…
This wide-ranging graphic novel weaves together their stories with Colby’s actual letters home, laying bare the day-to-day human struggles that shaped one of the most consequential years in American history.

BISAC Subject Codes:

  1. YAN012010 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Biography
  2. YAN012020 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / History
  3. YAN025210 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)


Thanks, Kickstarter backers!


Freeman Colby Vol. 2 : Table of Contents ➤

Read the Patreon previews, complete with author notes & source links…

“Freeman Colby’s Illustrated” #2 (1863)

Tabloid-size reprints of selected visual primary sources!


Some of the many period texts & images behind the comics.

From Primary Sources to Comics ➤

Building characters & storylines from multiple primary sources… The Comics Workshop way!

VIDEOS: “How to Draw Freeman Colby”

Draw along with Marek’s stick-figure approach to historical cartooning…

All artwork ©2019 Marek Bennett
All rights reserved. No portion of this book (except small portions for review or non-commercial purposes) may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the artist. 

Published by Marek

Cartoonist, musician, teacher.

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