Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

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Why does Jethro decide to write a letter to Lincoln in Across Five Aprils? Chapter 9

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Jethro decides to write a letter to Lincoln because he doesn't know what else to do - there are no clear answers to the moral dilemma that he faces.  Eb Carron has deserted from the Army and is in desperate straits; Eb regrets his action and wants only to return to his regiment, but knows he will face the ultimate punishment for desertion if he goes back.  Eb is "a lost and frightened boy, and there (is) nowhere else to go"; in despair, he had told Jethro, "you ner no one else kin...

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