I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught second, third, and fourth grades for nineteen years.  My writing draws on my classroom experiences with that age group and my first book, The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom, is of a teacher trying to involve his students in the meaningful study of history on a personal level, a major theme of what was my own teaching style.  


My non-fiction book, My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters from a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer, is an accurate transcription of the 100 Civil War letters written by my great-great-grandfather, David Brainard Griffin, accompanied by a brief history of the 2nd Minnesota Regiment. Those letters were the basis for The Uncivil War, as I read them to my classes, offering them a "from the battlefront" look into that pivotal conflict of our history.


My latest release is a companion novel to the letters book. It is the story of Minerva, Alice Jane, Ida May, and Edgar Lincoln, the wife and children Griffin left behind to hold their Minnesota homestead together until his expected return. Their thoughts, needs, and experiences are recorded throughout his correspondence with them as he answered their letters to him.


Studying the American Civil War--its issues, personalities, and events-- is my passion.  I have already walked many of the battlefields, including most of those where my grandfather fought.  A dream-come-true was the opportunity to spend several weeks actually tracing, with the 100 Griffin letters in-hand, the 1861-1863 movements of the Second Minnesota Volunteers, from Fort Snelling, outside Minneapolis, to the Reeds Bridge Road that crosses Chickamauga Creek.


I have written or reworked and told stories professionally for more than 40 years, and appeared regularly at area schools, libraries, bookstores and stages.  I am happily married, and the proud grandfather of  sixteen, to whom I have dedicated nine recorded collections of my stories.  

Meet Nick K. Adams


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I'll be at the Lakewood Arts Festival all three days, 12-6 PM, with my books and recorded stories. Would love to visit with you there!