Secrets of the Cherokee Hideaway continues with further exploration of the cellar vault and a revelation about the Civil War in a portion of the South that experienced divided loyalties. Once again, Raleigh Walker opens the pages of a journal that has been sealed for decades on the Riddles’ plantation. Along with Jenny and her family, he discovers writings and artifacts from the bloodiest war in American history, unravelling more of the mystery that surrounds the hideaway.
What they find is a tale of the ugliness and brutality that developed in North Alabama between those who favored Secession and those who wished to remain loyal to the Union or even neutral during the war. In this time and place rank with fear, there are accounts of rebellion, espionage, horrendous acts of aggression, and a young school teacher who is caught in the middle of it all. There is also mention of a sanctuary… a hiding place for Union spies located on the plantation itself.