People are mostly content with their lives in Culpepper, Virginia in January 1861. However, Lincoln has been elected and the inhabitants feel that once he is inaugurated, their lives will change. They worry that it wouldn't be for the better. Will Brannon, at age thirty, is the sheriff of Culpepper. He and his siblings have been named for characters in Shakespeare's plays. In the time before the war, the family reminded me of the 1965 movie, … more
Manassas is the introductory volume of an 8 part Civil War series, built around the Brannon family of Culpeper, VA. Their scion died several years earlier, leaving Will, the eldest of 4 brothers and a sister, to keep the farm running and the family prospering. Will is also the county sheriff, a position that his dour, Bible-toting-and-quoting mother, Abigail, abhors. Will has his hands full trying to stop the ne'er do well Fogarty clan from tearing up the county, and they've responded by … more
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