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When Will This Cruel War Be Over?

Annotation
The peaceful Southern life that Emma Simpson and her family have always known is shattered when the Civil War begins. Emma's father and brother are called to battle, but her family believes the Confederacy will quickly win the War between the States. However, as the months drag on, the harsh realities of war set in: Supplies, medicine, food, firewood, and ink for Emma to use in her diary become increasingly scarce as troops from the North march deeper into the South. Finally, even Emma's home is commandeered by the Yankees. Though she faces many hardships and the horrors of death, Emma never loses hope, and, with a brave spirit, she comes to realize what things in life are most important.

Characters
NameSimpson, Emma
GenderFemale
TraitsWealthy
Southerner

GenreFiction
Juvenile
Historical
Coming of age
TopicsCivil War
Southern life
Plantation life
Soldiers
Diaries
Personal growth
Death of a parent
SettingGordonsville, Virginia