Published by Cumberland House
As clouds of civil war gather, the Landreths take in a family of
fugitive slaves and are heartbroken when they cannot, bacause of the
Fugitive Slave Law, prevent the couple and their young son from
being forcibly returned to their owner. With the fall of Fort Sumter,
patriotic fervor sweeps Pleasant Plains, and the Keiths, Landreths,
and Ormsbys all rush to do their part for the Union, knowing that
friends and family elsewhere support the opposing cause.
As the war progresses, Don and Rupert are captured, but by the
grace of God they survive the horrors of Confederate prison
camps. After years of worry for friends and loved ones, the
family is overjoyed when the war ends but saddened by the
assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Percy and Stewart leave home
to attend college, and the family begins to settle back into the life
it had long known in Pleasant Plains. 252 pages.