Historical romance. A Mississippi plantation. A southern belle. A Union officer. The turmoil of the Civil War rips a country asunder as lives are transformed. Brothers, three reared in the South, the other the North. Will they ever see eye-to-eye?
Alice Caldwell is young and in love in the midst of the raging war that disrupts her world. She hopes to soon announce her engagement when the Civil War destroys her plans, and her beau leaves to fight.
Bert Russell, a Union officer, invades her life when his wounded men are moved to Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and he turns it into a hospital for his soldiers. When there is not enough room for his men and the Confederate soldiers, he confiscates Cotton Grove Plantation, Alice’s home, as a hospital for his remaining men and encamps on her front lawn.
Working in the hospital with wounded and dying men changes Alice’s once-sheltered life. She’s no simpering southern belle batting lashes behind a sandalwood fan, but becomes a woman who finds the courage to go on.
Through it all, the magnolia trees continue to bloom, majestic live oaks curtained with Spanish moss wave their limbs, the great Mississippi River continues to flow as the North and South battle for its control, and somehow, people go on with their lives.
Civil War Historical Romance Short Story
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Carmen and Ben fall in love one Grand Isle Summer, but the Civil War comes to Louisiana, and disrupts their plans. Ben takes off to Fort Livingston to see why the Confederate soldiers are gathered.
Six months go by with no word from Ben. Carmen warned him if he went to war, she would disguise herself as a man and follow him. Early one morning, she slips out of Grand Isle Plantation and finds an old boat. Carmen paddles to the fort in search of her lost summer love, intending to find him if it is the last thing she ever does, leaky old boat or not.
The waves are rough and nearly wash right over the sides of the wooden boat. Carmen fears she might have been too brave, but she doesn't turn back. She has to find Ben.