Friday, November 19, 2010


I was a freshman in high school and the assignment was to write a report on the experience of civilians during The Civil War.  While doing my research, I came across a copy of a newspaper clipping from a small Southern town, dated near the end of the war.

A band of renegades had passed through a small Southern town, causing trouble of all sorts and doing great damage.  One young woman in the area, who had recently lost her last surviving relative, was alone at home when the renegades found her.

She did not survive.  I suppose that is one reason why the news reporter could share as much detail as he did.  I think if she had lived, what happened to her would have been treated more as a private matter.  As it was, over a hundred years later a skinny little freshman girl read a news story and was affected by it.

There isn't anything I could do for that long-ago, unnamed girl.  But I could imagine a different ending for her.

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