Category: Historical Fiction

Summer 1863 No. 15

  In the year of 1863, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.    Dear Samuel, At what point does the suffering end?  Two days ago, our beloved mother passed.  Over the past several weeks,...

Spring 1863 No. 14

  In the year of 1863, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.    Dear Samuel, I am in receipt of your letter informing mother and I of the death of our son and brother...

Winter 1862 No. 13

  In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.    Dear Brothers, You may recollect that as children you teased that I talked “just to hear my head rattle.”  That may...

Autumn 1862 No. 12

  In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.      Dear Brothers, My letter has been written, my condolences said, and I am stuck with no action to distract me...

Summer 1862 No. 11

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war.  This is her journal; these are her journeys.        Dear Brothers, I have lost whatever sense of optimism I may have possessed at the beginning of this year.  I fear...

Spring 1862 No. 10

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, March is here and spring has truly blessed us with its presence.  As the days lengthen and the sun seemed...

Spring 1862 No. 9

In the year of 1862, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was split by war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, Do not be mistaken, the snow is still deep and the mountain paths we walked to pick berries are still...

Summer 1861 No. 8

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, I have concluded I live a dual existence. Tonight, I sit on the front porch, the same front porch father...

Summer 1861 No 7

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.     Dear Brothers, Please don’t think me weak or without resolve. Winter is coming and after only a single campaign season, I...

Summer 1861 No 6

In the summer of 1861, Johanna Cardiff was becoming a young woman; her country was preparing for war. This is her journal; these are her journeys.   Dear Brothers, As you know, I am attempting to record my thoughts, feelings and prayers to share with you both, upon your...