With this challenge, the assignment is to write a post of any type that begins with the prompt "The year was 1865..."
The year was 1865. But I'm going to cheat and talk about what happened at the end of 1864 during the Civil War. I live in Nashville, so an area near me was heavily hit in the Battle of Franklin in late 1864--and the city spent much of 1865 dealing with the loss and destruction the battle brought. There is one home that was in the middle of the fighting, with a family trapped in the basement.
This historic family home was in the middle of the Second Battle of Franklin. The family that lived there hid in the basement during the heat of battle, listening helplessly to the sounds of war outside.
More than 20 people squeezed into this basement to stay safe. When the battle threatened to move into this dining area...
...the families moved into the tiny room beyond.
Here they remained all night, not daring to come out even after the battle finally stopped. When they did venture out, the bodies of fallen soldiers surrounded their house.
Each year, an illumination ceremony honors the fallen, which included the Carter family's son, Tod, wounded on his way home to see his family after a long absence.
If you ever visit Nashville, stop by the Carter House in Franklin, Tennessee. It's a great story, whether you're a history buff or not.
Isabella Troy Stanley is a divorced, slave freeing pariah surviving in the shattered post Civil War south the only way a fallen debutante knows how. She heads to a Yankee prison and buys herself a husband.
Jack Byron is the former Troy plantation stable boy and object of young Bella's affection. He rejected her then, and he's still not sold on the idea of marrying her now.
Though to Bella, it’s simple: make Jack love her, marry her, and live happily ever after. The plan seems to work...at least until her secret is revealed.
Elizabeth is a wife, a mom, and a writer. She has four wonderful boys, one dusty house, and three published books to her credit. Feel free to check them out and buy them HERE! Erm, the books, not the kids or the house...though all things in life are negotiable ;)
Cover art by Sprinkles on Top Studios.
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