Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #16
CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIE V. FOR WINNING THE AUSTRIAN COOKIE BOX
AND HIDDEN AMONG THE STARS.
Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’re just joining us, the hunt begins at www.LisaBergren.com with Stop #1. If you complete the loop of 26 stops, writing down the clue on each author’s site, you can enter to win all 25 books as well as Amazon gift cards, an iPad and more!
It’s an absolute pleasure to introduce my incredibly talented friend Leslie Gould. Not only has she inspired and encouraged me in my writing, I love reading the many stories that God has given her. She captures the heart of her characters—both past and present—beautifully and captivates readers with their journey.
Leslie Gould is the best-selling, award-winning author of thirty novels. She loves traveling, exploring, and researching as she writes both Amish and historical fiction. She and her husband live in Portland, Oregon and are the revolving-door parents of four adult children. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com.
Leslie’s Latest Book
A Simple Singing: Marie Bachmann is certain she’s nearly arrived at the Amish life she’s always envisioned. But as she hears the Civil War story of a brave ancestor, her thoughts and desires begin to change. When she’s faced with an uncertain future, she must choose whether to find her own courage—or do what’s most predictable and safe.
The Amish During the Civil War by Leslie Gould
In my dual-time Amish novel, A Simple Singing, the historical thread takes place during the Civil War. What if, I thought as I first plotted the story, a young Amish woman ended up in Gettysburg after the battle and worked as a nurse in a Union hospital?
The Civil War was one of the most tragic periods in American history. Over 620,000 soldiers, along with 100,000 civilians, died—as many as in all other US conflicts combined. Nearly everyone in the country was impacted in one way or another.
Even the non-resistant Amish and other Anabaptist groups.
Amish men who were of conscription age, who didn’t join the army, had to pay commutation fees. Surprisingly, there were some who did fight and others who joined up, but couldn’t bring themselves to actually harm others. A citizen of Virginia and a member of the Mennonite Church, Christian Good, was conscripted into his state militia. According to the account in Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War, by James O. Lehman and Steven M. Nolt, Christian couldn’t bring himself to discharge his rifle. After he failed to shoot Union soldiers he defended himself to his captain, saying, “They’re people; we don’t shoot people.”[/vc_column_text]
American women were also pulled into the work of the Civil War in large numbers. Many grew and distributed food, others formed societies to provide uniforms and socks for soldiers, some worked as cooks, and others even as spies. Many became nurses for the very first time.
In my research, I found there were Amish families in Pennsylvania who participated in the Underground Railroad. I also found numerous accounts of Anabaptist women hiding supplies from both Confederate and Union soldiers. Exact details, however, of Plain women during the war are few. But in my imagination, my Amish protagonist—Annie Bachmann—reluctantly ends up as a nurse in Gettysburg, doing what the Lord leads her to do even though she’s overwhelmed by the devastation all around her. She works with other female nurses, who were well documented by Civil War historians, and learns to care for the injured and ill soldiers. By the end of the novel, she returns to the battlefield for Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and realizes how she grew by facing the tragedy around her.
Annie’s story gives a glimpse into the Amish community during the Civil War—a time that highlighted, like no other, how different their beliefs are from most other Americans.
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Melanie’s Note: Speaking of prizes, I’m giving away a package of Austrian cookies and a copy of my latest novel, Hidden Among the Stars— set in a castle on one of Austria’s alpine lakes—to one reader in the USA.
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