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ELIZABETH'S WAR: Missouri 1863 IS NOW AVAILABLE!
Suffer along with Elizabeth and her family as they struggle to survive the Civil War in Cass County, Missouri, where raiders, bushwackers, soldiers, and local militia rule the land. Where neighbors and relations fight each other from opposite sides of the war. When General Order No. 11 is issued, forcing thousands of mostly women, children and the elderly to leave their homes and everything they love within fifteen days, Elizabeth prepares for then begins a sixty mile trek to reach her kin, uncertain whether they've survived the aftermath of the burning of Osceola two years earlier. Elizabeth begins the journey with a plan, lots of food and water, but within days it's lost to soldiers and foragers, leaving them to travel with few provisions in blistering Missouri temperatures. Feel the relentless heat, live their fear, and suffer the hopelessness thousands lived in the wake of General Order No. 11.
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In a time when raiders, bushwhackers, and Redlegs rode the Cass County, Missouri, countryside bringing fear and destruction with them, Elizabeth Miers and her family barely survived into the next day. When the enemy, in the form of Elizabeth’s neighbors, comes a-calling more than once with mischief on their minds, Elizabeth fights back to keep her children safe against men she once called friends.
On August 25, 1863, following the issuance of General Order No. 11 by Union General Thomas Ewing, thousands of women, children, and the elderly were forced to vacate their homes in the brutal summer heat within fifteen days. With determination and a plan, Elizabeth sets out on a sixty-mile trek toward St. Clair County. Carrying enough prepared food and water on a rickety built sled to reach her aunt and uncle’s farm, she prays her kin are there to welcome them, not knowing whether they lived through the burning of Osceola two years prior—or not.
Facing more than just the lack of food and shelter and the unbearable heat, they’re set upon by raiders and foraging soldiers who try to take more than just their meager provisions. Much more. Left with little after their supplies are stolen and their property destroyed, Elizabeth and her fellow travelers continue south, facing more indignities before their journey is done.
Through Elizabeth and the thousands of other refugees that traveled ahead of and behind her, feel what they felt in the wake of General Order No. 11, an order that took everything and left them destitute and afraid they wouldn’t live to see one more day.
Read the complete first chapter here.