Below is a link to a lesson plan created as part of a forthcoming 9:57 Project curriculum guide for educators. The guide will feature memorable student learning opportunities centered on 21st-century wartime correspondences, including the incredible letter included in this lesson written by 9/11 survivor Anna Miller. We plan to make the guide freely available to educators via our website in the summer of 2021.

We want to be sure to thank Andrew Carroll, the founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, without whom this project would not have been possible. We are greatly indebted to him for his generosity in providing an incredible collection of war letters of Iraq and Afghanistan for use in our curriculum guide, and we are excited about the future of our partnership. If you or anyone you know has an interest in helping collect and preserve wartime correspondences of any American conflict, you can contact Andrew at



An image of the first page of the featured letter of this lesson, written by 9/11 survivor Anna Miller.  In it, she recounts the epic story of the evacuation of Manhattan by boat, still the largest water evacuation in human history.  The letter is reprinted with the permission of Andrew Carroll and first appeared in his book Behind the Lines: Powerful and Revealing American and Foreign War Letters--and One Man's Search to Find Them.