The division even invaded the White House. Mary Todd Lincoln's three sisters were married to Confederate officers, and it was rumored that her sympathies lay with the South instead of with the Union. Formal charges were about to be made until President Lincoln himself intervened.
In my Civil War novel, His Steadfast Love, the heroine, a Texas young woman, falls in love with a Union
A West Point artillery instructor had a brilliant student that, against tradition, he kept as an assistant because he had so much admiration for him. As it turned out, the student commanded the Union forces which fired on Fort Sumter, and the instructor was the commander of the Fort.
Thousands of men switched sides during the war, most of them by desertion, but some formally resigned and went to the other side. Captain Frank C. Armstrong of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry fought first at Bull Run for the North, resigned the next month and went south to become a brigadier general for the Confederacy.
When Confederate forces regained Galveston, the general who took Confederate soldiers aboard the Union ship in the harbor to claim it found a young Federal lieutenant on the deck dying. It was his own son.
On a farm in Pennsylvania not far from Gettysburg, the father defended the homestead, while one son fought in the surrounding woods for the North and the other for the South. *
*From The Civil War, Strange & Fascinating Facts, Burke Davis, Fairfax Publishing, 1982)
Until I did the research for my novel, I really did not have a good understanding of what devastation our nation experienced during this awful war. May nothing like this ever happen again in the United States of America.
Golden Keyes Parsons writes historical fiction, and is also a popular retreat/conference speaker. Her highly acclaimed Darkness to Light Series (Thomas Nelson Publishing) chronicled the journey of her French Huguenot ancestors in 17th century France. Her fourth novel, His Steadfast Love, is a Civil War novel set in Texas. Her latest releases are ebooks (WhiteFire Publishing) – a biblical fiction series entitled Hidden Faces, Portraits of Nameless Women in the Gospels. Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine, where they enjoy their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and are avid sports fan of their alma mater, Baylor University. You can contact her at www.goldenkeyesparsons.com.