Civil War, KIDDER, John Swain
Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 8:00AM
Jo Giessner

John Swain Kidder (1830-1905), a line officer in the 121st New York Volunteers and brother to my 2nd great-grandfather William Samuel Kidder is the subject of a well-written book:

Subdued by the Sword by James M. Greiner, 2003, State University New York Press.

". . . it will be too bad to have those suffer with them [the Confederates] who are good Union People but I look for such a state of things. It will come as sure as the sun rises and sets unless this rebellion is subdued by the sword. People may laugh at my opinion but they will live to see my words proven true." - Captain John S. Kidder, 121st New York Volunteers

Thus the title of Greiner's book. Deeply researched, with Kidder's letters and with input from living family members Dick Rose, Frances Warren and especially Jerry Reed, all of the John and Harriet Matteson Kidder family line, Greiner, an independent historian and researcher, has provided a collector book for anyone interested in Kidder family history, Civil War history (several names of those that served with Kidder as well as the military history) and New York during Civil War times and after.

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