A Ballad of the Civil War Author:Mary Stolz Tom and Jack Rigby were as close as close could be. And Aaron, a slave boy at Rigby Plantation, was almost as close to the twins as they were to each other. Tom didn't dream that anything could ever come between them. — He was wrong. — On their ninth birthday, Tom and Jack learned that they would never see their friend Aaron again. Aaron was getti... more »ng too uppity, said Father, so he had him sent away from the Big House to live down in the quarter.
Eleven years later, it is Tom who is leaving the Big House. He is riding north to enlist in the Union army, leaving behind an unforgiving brother who will never understand why Tom will not--indeed cannot--defend their father's right to own people.
Inspired by a nineteenth-century ballad that she learned as a child, Mary Stolz has created a moving and dramatic story about two boys growing up in an era that sadly ended in a "brothers' war."« less