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Jenny takes the letter from the paper and puts it inside the family Bible. She records Tom’s death in the ledger at the front of the book. Jethro asks about their three little brothers who had all died in the same year. Jenny thinks it is a miracle that she and Jethro did not get sick from that disease. They read over the other ledger entries and sadly reminisce. Jethro tries to cheer Jenny by pointing to the line where one day will be entered, “Married to Shadrach Yale”.
The war lingers through the summer. There is more violence and property destruction against the townspeople who support Matt Creighton. The owner of the town store sets a trap for the vandals and catches one with buckshot in the backside. This changes the attitude toward the evildoers from fear to ridicule.
Meanwhile, Jethro is worrying and wondering about how poorly the Union leaders like McClellan and Halleck compare to the Confederate leaders Davis, Lee and Jackson. It is “what the President himself was wondering” that summer.
In this chapter we see how the Bible ledger represents the basic facts of life and death. Tom’s death, though saddening, is not shocking to the Creightons who have now lost five children. Hope that the war will be over and that all the Creightons would survive is gone.
Public opinion of the war is cycling up and down. Jethro is searching for a hero among the Union leaders and finds none. Historically, both generals involved in the Corinth campaign described in this chapter claimed victory. Halleck considered the strategic significance of occupying the city without considering the defeat of Confederate soldiers. Beauregard felt he had won because his soldiers had evacuated and left the Union army nothing but a diseased and deserted town.
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