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In a time when raiders, bushwhackers, and Redlegs rode the Cass County, Missouri, countryside bringing fear and destruction with them, Elizabeth Miers and her family barely survived into the next day. 

When the enemy, in the form of Elizabeth's neighbors, comes a-calling more than once with mischief on their minds, Elizabeth fights back to keep her children safe against men she once called friends. 

On August 25, 1863, following the issuance of General Order No. 11 , thousands of women, children, and the elderly were forced to vacate their homes in the brutal summer heat within 15 days. With determination and a plan, Elizabeth sets out on a 60-mile trek toward St. Clair County. Carrying enough prepared food and water on a rickety built sled to reach her family, she prays her kin are there to welcome them, uncertain whether they survived the buring of Osceola two years prior. 

Facing more than just the lack of food and shelter and the unbearable heat, they're set upon by raiders and foraging soldiers who try to take more than just their meager provisions. Much more. Left with little, Elizabeth and her fellow travelers continue south, facing more indignities before their journey is done. Through Elizabeth and the thousands of other refugees that traveled ahead of and behind her, feel what they felt in the wake of General Order No. 11, an order that took everything and left them destitute and afraid they wouldn't live to see one more day.

©2014 Diane Rogers (P)2018 Diane Rogers

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