Why was Jethro in trouble for helping Eb in Across Five Aprils? Chapter 9
Jethro was in trouble for helping Eb in Chapter 9 because Eb was a deserter from the Union Army, and according to the law, anyone hiding or otherwise helping deserters were in direct defiance of the law as well.
In the winter of 1863, desertion was a big problem in the Union Army. The war had dragged on for going on three years, and the soldiers who had survived to that point were tired, traumatized, and demoralized. Deserters by...
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