How was the Creightons' barn rebuilt in Chapter 8 of Across Five Aprils?
The people of the area pitch in and help raise a new barn for the Creightons. It is apparent that there are more folks who support Matt Creighton than condemn him, recognizing what a difficult and heartbreaking situation he is in with sons fighting for both the Union and the Confederacy, because
"...men from the nearby communities and from even as far away as Newton came to build a new barn, so that Matt Creighton's stock might have shelter before the winter snows set in. There were twenty or more of them with teams and loads of logs, with saws and axes, and a barrel of cider to give their work a spark of holiday spirit".
The Creighton women "spread a long table out under the silver poplars", and provide the men with roasted meats and potatoes, vegetables, corn bread, and other delicacies prepared from the fruit of the land. There is a spirit of good will and friendship to the day, and for just a little while, "there might have been no war at all...as the men ate and joked in the mellow sunlight of the dooryard".
Even Dave Burdow, long considered to be a ne'er-do-well and an outcast, has sent over a wagon load of logs he has cut to contribute to the rebuilding. Though he is not yet comfortable enough to come himself, he demonstrates his solidarity with the Creightons through his generous gift (Chapter 8).