Annie, Between the States by L. M. Elliott

By L. M. Elliott

Annie's domestic and middle are divided via the Civil War.

Annie Sinclair's Virginia house is within the conflict course of the Civil warfare. Her brothers, Laurence and Jamie, struggle to safeguard the South, whereas Annie and her mom are inclined to wounded squaddies. whilst she develops a romantic reference to a Union military lieutenant, Annie's view of the struggle broadens. Then an accusation calls her loyalty into query. A state and a center divided strength Annie to decide on her personal course.

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He stopped by the front door to light a lantern to carry with them. As he struck the flint and the flame flared, Annie looked at her brother’s fair, fine-boned face, before always so quiet and contained, now flushed with excitement. Still very young-looking at age twenty-one, and yet there was a man’s self-assurance in his large, hazel eyes. Laurence had always had a mature, almost princely air to him, which had been forced upon him by circumstances. But this was something different. Annie wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but it inspired and saddened her at the same time.

The Zouaves put up a good fight. According to some we captured, they’re a regiment of volunteer firemen from New York City, so they’re tenacious and not afraid of a bad situation. But we rattled them, and eventually they ran. All the Federals ran. ” He lowered his voice. “I’m afraid Aunt Molly’s corn is ruined. ” Miriam shook her head. “I need help getting her back upstairs to bed. ” There it was. That quiet, responsible look Annie knew so well. “I’ll see to it. And I’ll check on Uncle John. I think the 8th was on the right flank, where fighting was not as fierce.

Miriam finally turned to Annie. Annie could see the grief in her mother’s face and knew she was also thinking of three other sons—brothers Annie barely remembered, two older than Laurence and one younger. All three had died with their father in an epidemic of scarlet fever that had decimated their household years ago. At the time she’d been six years old and her little brother, Jamie, had been four. They and Laurence had been sent away to avoid the sickness and survived. But afterward, the responsibility of being the eldest, of helping to run their farm, and of coaxing their mother out of her sorrow and self-recrimination had dropped like a stone on Laurence.

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