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The Civil War yielded many bloody battles and the Battle at Lone Jack was among the worst. Fought across a sixty-foot strip of dusty road, brothers fought brothers, neighbors fought neighbors, cousins fought cousins, and the blood of horses and men ran together in the street under the blistering August sun.The Green family tried to keep from being caught up in the war headed for their doorstep, but their efforts were lost--even before the Yankees came to town.In their youthful exuberance, sixteen and fifteen year old Hank and Jesse sneak into town to watch the battle--and find more trouble than they bargained for. Pete, the oldest brother, joins the Rebels and fights to save his life and that of his brothers. Cora, the oldest daughter, on the cusp of being a woman, loves a boy who runs off to fight with the Federals and breaks her heart.