Based on the recollections of an elderly man who remembers when he was a boy during the Civil War.
Ma always said there wasn’t no bad men just men that had to do bad things ‘cause of what was going on. Us being created in the image of God, and all. But that was before the bushwhackers came while we was at church and burned down our house and took our old milk cow, Bessie.
This opens the story of a young boy forced to show the enemy where his best friend lives. It appears in the anthology published by Ozark Writers League in November, 2005.