Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyaltyby John William De Forest
An obscure American author remarks in one of his rejected articles, (which he had the kindness to read to me from the manuscript) that every great historical event reverberates in
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It was shortly after the capitulation of loyal Fort Sumter to rebellious South Carolina that Mr. Edward Colburne of New Boston made the acquaintance of Miss Lillie Ravenel of New Orleans.
An obscure American author remarks in one of his rejected articles, (which he had the kindness to read to me from the manuscript) that every great historical event reverberates in a very remarkable manner through the fortunes of a multitude of private and even secluded individuals. No volcanic eruption rends a mountain without stirring the existence of the mountain's mice. It was unquestionably the southern rebellion which brought Miss Ravenel and Mr. Colburne into interesting juxtaposition. But for this gigantic political upturning it is probable that the young lady would never have visited New Boston where the young gentleman then lived, or, visiting it and meeting him there, would have been a person of no necessary importance in his eyes. But how could a most loyal, warm-hearted youth fail to be interested in a pretty and intelligent girl who was exiled from her home because her father would not be a rebel?
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This frequently overlooked novel is a seminal work of American fiction. The author, a veteran of the war, pulled no punches in describing the sights and sounds of battle. Nor did he flinch from portraying the sexual politics of the era with a candor that scandalized his readers. For these reasons, De Forest's work was left to languish in obscurity. Only now are readers beginning to appreciate this as one of the masterpieces of American realism. It is truly a 'great American novel'---a phrase De Forest coined and one which his work lives up to.