Countdown to the Civil War: April 14, 1861

Fort Sumter officially surrenders in a ceremony accompanied by Confederate flags and drums. Unfortunately one Union soldier is killed due to an accidental explosion and five others are wounded, one fatally. As the news of the evacuation spreads, a kind of relief floods the country. The south is jubilant, and the north, with war now a certainty, prepares for action.

Rachel Norcross’s Diary,  April 14, 1861:

When Stuart came home yesterday, he was full of elation while I was equally downcast.  It appears Fort Sumter has all but surrendered, and if so, war is upon us.  Adding to my fears, the hot heads in town have prevailed upon Stuart to become the captain of a cavalry troop, and he is full of pride and excitement.

Today we will likely hear the very latest news.  Stuart says the church will be used as a public forum to galvanize the war effort. Afterward he plans to attend an impromptu drill at Jansen’s.

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Looking forward to reading your novel! I’ll get that cd soon.

  2. Stuart seems so self-centered…

  3. I really have enjoyed these journal entries. It’s like a sneak back in time as the story unfolds.

  4. Such a tough time for you, Rachel, but take some comfort in knowing that even if Stuart’s a lousy farmer, he’ll make you proud as a soldier.


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