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This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, names, incidents, organizations and dialogue in this novel are either the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

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Chapter 1

“The war is over! The war is over!” a man shouted as he rode by the Terel farm.

Tyree Terel heard the news while doing his chores. His mother Ruth and his sister Adeline were making breakfast. When they heard the rider, they ran out of the house and stood on the porch. Tyree ran to the corral, saddled his horse, and called out, “I’ll ride into town and get the newspaper!”

Ruth and Adeline waved happily as he rode by.

It was still early morning when Tyree reached the little frontier town. The people had already gathered and were talking excitedly.

The headline on the Cumberland Review read: Lee Surrenders to Grant at Appomattox

Tyree tried to buy a paper, but the newsman said, “The South has lost, and Confederate currency is no good anymore.”

Tyree paid him with his last silver coin, and people gathered around wanting to read the paper and talk.

The Terel family was one of the oldest and most respected families in the Cumberland valley. Everyone wanted to know what Tyree thought about the news that the war had ended. He knew his mother and his sister Adeline were waiting, but he took the time to say, “This is a sad day for the South, but it’s a happy day for the Terel family because Father will be coming home!”

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