CIVIL WAR QUAD is a collection of four historical fiction short stories taking place just before or during the Civil War.
HER PLACE IN THE SUN – 1860
Slave owner Samuel Russell has taken a fancy to a slave’s thirteen-year-old daughter. Short story from the Florida Writers Association’s anthology From Our Family to Yours.
A DEFINING MOMENT – 1862
In this short story, Samantha Lee, the only daughter on the largest plantation in Maryland in 1862, has just defied her father with her abolitionist sentiments once too often. Now he’s come to put her in her proper place in the male dominated household, but Sam realizes that she has reached a defining moment in her life. How the confrontation plays out will decide if she lives out her life as her own person, or is trapped as one step up from a slave herself to a future slave-holding Southerner and his children. This is an excerpt pulled from the “Maid of the Potomac” series, “Book One: A Tiger’s Heart” under the pseudonym Dakota Balmore; also available as an eBook.
THE MAIDEN WATERS OF ANTIETAM CREEK – 1862
In this short story of 1862, an inexperienced Union captain takes command of a Maryland infantry regiment to the dismay of a sergeant who feels the officer is not ready for it. Throughout a skirmish to take a key knoll overlooking the Sunken Road near Antietam Creek, the sergeant hounds the captain to reveal a secret he knows lurks in the captain’s past that makes him unqualified to lead.
A BRITISH ADVANTAGE ON LITTLE ROUND TOP – 1863
Two English women working for Reuters News Service occupy Little Round Top before Colonel Chamberlain’s Twentieth Maine takes it over to defend. Caught in the battle to save the Union lines, the women cater to both sides.