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- Publisher: Real Cypress Press (July 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B010RXNZRO
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When War Came Home: a Civil War Anthology Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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The first story is titled: Fighting for Someone Else’s Way of Life
Moses and his Grandpa are confronted by a small band of Union Soldiers, who offer to purchase the mules they use for plowing. Grandpa explains they cannot do this, as the mules are needed to plant the crops. If they can’t plant the crops, they won't make it through the year.
They offer the Union soldiers food, hoping their generosity will be enough to appease them, but know most likely, it will not.
The grandfather's wisdom proves true, bringing forward the essence of war. War is always a battle of life and death, whether on the battlefield, or the fields which bear the crops.
This story takes the reader from the every day feel of the crowing of a rooster, who seems to have gone addle-witted from the rampaging gunfire, to the serious side of finding wounded young Union Soldiers inside the barn.
Once again the need of a mule to plow the fields is brought into play with the actions of the main characters in the story, which offer life instead of death this time.
These two stories bring home the vulnerabilities of war, of having to take life, or of showing grace, and giving life. Both validating the worth of each stance.
Pro-Union in a Confederate South
Freeman and Hiram, brothers, find themselves caught in a world that doesn’t fit their beliefs. Hiram has left, unable to fight against the Union and found himself in the position of being a spy since he suits the position well with his southern accent. He carries the weight of his choice with a heavy heart, fearing he’s caused more soldiers and civilians to be killed because of it. The weight of his decision is something he deeply fears he will carry to his grave.
This story places the reader inside the soul of a person as they make choices based on their morals, as to whether to answer the call to be true to themselves, or to their heritage.
And Sherman Came to Call: a Memoir
These are the reflections of an old woman, Mary Catherine, in 1939 New York, as she drifts back to her childhood, and to her memories of a dogtrot style farmhouse she grew up in with her family. She recalls her childhood, defining it as most in her generation did: before the war-and then-after the war. All things fell in one realm or another.
After the war, her family makes the only choice which seems plausible for them, choosing to leave their war-torn memories behind and move south...much further south...to a very different life, inside the wild interior of Brazil.
This short story, is the prequel for Linda Bennett Pennell’s following novel, Confederado do Norte, which continues the saga of Mary Catherine and her family.
I found each of these stories addressed what is important for all of us, reflection, soul searching, and being brave enough to follow our conscience. Since the author makes clear to us that these stories come passed down to her, it makes them ring truer...carrying a richness of history that also admonishes, To Thine Own Self Be True. History precedes us for a reason, leaving an imprint behind for us to follow or step away from. Pennell's writing portrays this aptly.