Poison Spring (Five Star Western Series)

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"That was the year we had no food." It's the spring of 1864, and times are hard in Washington County, Arkansas, especially for thirteen-year-old Travis Ford. He hasn't heard from his father, a sergeant in the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, in months. His mother is struggling to make ends meet on the family farm and abandoned sawmill near Poison Spring. All Travis really wants to do is to follow his passion ― make up adventure stories in the style of Alexandre Dumas. But the Civil War keeps getting in his way. Since his mother hails from Illinois and has Abolitionist leanings, the Ford family ― including Travis's twin sister, Edith, and their seven-year-old brother, Baby Hugh ― has few friends to turn to for help, only eccentric Miss Mary Frederick, who owns a cotton plantation down the road, and Uncle Willard Ford, a slave trader in nearby Camden. For the most part, Anna Louella Ford and her children find themselves alone, and they are about to become even more isolated.

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Thirteen-year-old Travis Ford views the latter days of the Civil War from his impoverished, though relatively safe, farm in Washington County, Arkansas, where his valiant mother holds together the farm and her family of three until Travis’ father can return from his posting with the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry. Travis has plenty of chores but likes to retreat to the family’s old sawmill, where he dreams of Dumas-like adventures and writes stories in a notebook the proud cotton grower (and slave owner) Miss Mary Frederick gave him. All changes when the war intrudes, and Confederates and Yankees alike vie for nearby Camden and a place called Poison Spring. The Fords lose their mules and chickens, and the family almost dies when a radical Southern preacher turns against Travis’ mother, who has abolitionist leanings. But in large part because of Travis’ cleverness and bravery, the family survives, until the Kansas Colored Infantry win in Camden, then are driven back and massacred by Texans at Poison Spring. Boggs brings a little-known battle to life, framing it around a moving coming-of-age story. --John Mort

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