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When Truth Hopkins's father dies she goes to live with her uncle and his family on their North Carolina farm Like Truth the Bardwells are uakers They oppose Who Comes ePUB #10003 slavery but refuse to take up arms in the civil war that is now being waged to end this inhuman institution Then one day a runaway slave takes refuge on the Bardwell fa. A nice way to introduce how the uakers participated in the Civil War
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Rm and to Truth's amazement her uncle hides him from the slave catchers Even puzzling he asks her to accompany him when he deliverswagonload of hay to a neighbor late that nightThis ride and the wagon's real cargo involve Truth in a mysterious and dangerous underground movement and reveal how she can help further the cause of freedom without the. I saw this on a sale cart at a local library and I like historical novels and expected this to be a great find on the topic of slavery and the Civil War but it was nothing like that I only spent 25 cents but there was no real reason for me to read this and I look forward to finding better novels on the subject After reading They Loved to Laugh I was thoroughly sick of the Friends had never heard of them before and was turned off to discover they re in here It also reminded me of that book because both heroines go to live with family and have only male cousins All of the thee s and thy s are really annoying and I don t like books so heavily religious The beliefs people had back then are upsetting and I don t find it enjoyable to read themHer cousin Robert accused her blonde hair of making her stand out and her aunt Elizabeth said her hair and cheeks are too bright for a Friend and she ll need to wear a bonnet Imagine being so stodgy and rigid that you think someone is anti religious because their cheeks are naturally colored and they have blonde hair It s truly sickening They have to wear plain dark clothes Men and women set on separate sides of the meetinghouse Her uncle was horrified that she had ridden astride a horse without a saddle Ew This lifestyle was making me sick It s set in NC so that was another reason that I had to have it Finding books in my home state is really cool especially an historical novel Truth is 12 and Robert is 19 It was never said how old Todd was uakers don t believe in fighting are peaceful people Hay rides are for courtingAfter the meeting Elizabeth mentioned that Todd was talking to Lucy and Truth saw that he was leaning towards the girl and the girl had her head tilted knew they were in love She wondered if anyone would ever look at her like thatOn the way home from school Truth saw the Fields boy taking a coffle of fugitive slaves back He hit on her and asked her to tip her bonnet back so he could see if she was pretty noticed she had hair like gold She ran away and noticed one of the slaves running after her Suire knew the Bardwells and they had helped him before Their house was a stop on the Underground Railroad The big hearthstone could be moved aside to reveal a hole in the floor for slaves to go in Uncle Matthew told her she could come along with the boys on the hay ride Truth didn t want to spend a hayride with Robert But Elizabeth promised that Robert would treat her better because he d just been worried she d reveal their abolitionist work and endanger themTodd said he wanted to marry Lucy before the war comes said she s willing Robert said she d been willing since she was 8 Todd told Truth to rest and put his arm around her I thought something would happen with both boysMartha the girl who had been so cold with Truth at school turned out to be a part of the Underground Railroad Her family s home was Station Seven Truth realized that Martha had just been worried about her secret like Robert I guess being an abolitionist made you mean to everyonevery odd I hated when Truth caught Martha staring at Robert and could tell she liked him Back up But at least Robert smiled at Truth in the barn so he was coming around to her Perry told the schoolchildren about Daniel Fields visiting his home in search of the runaway slave He blamed Truth Martha and Lydia all of the uaker kids He said uakers hide slaves and send them north viewed it just like stealing an animal They viewed them as stolen property He threatened to beat up their men Truth said uaker men don t fight for any reason Martha confirmed that Perry and the other boys would beat up Todd and Robert and that they wanted to tar and feather themuakers and other abolitionists were tarred and feathered Todd got a black eye and bruised face from one of the Gibson s Peter s family In April Peter reported that the South had fired on Fort Sumter in SC and Yankees were inside It was the start of the war SC left the Union before Christmas and NC was to secede soon I was hoping for between her and Robert One night the Gibsons broke their window and she saw Robert in his nightshirt talking to Todd Hello thoughtsIt was announced that NC had seceded in May and their teacher let school out early because everyone got so rowdy He knew it would be volunteers at first and then if the war went on all able bodied men would be drafted Truth wore a black band on her arm after her dad diedMartha asked Truth what would happen to Todd and Robert and I was so mad He s not yours Truth said that Robert had no true love that she knew of and smiled at Martha and I wondered why she had no jealousy or feelings about the subjectuakers couldn t get Confederates to help them with their farming Truth did have some strong moments She had some fire to her which I like in a heroine That night the gang of men came with torches and threatened to burn their home if they didn t join the army and they asked to see Todd and Lucy newly married who weren t there Then they asked to see Truth and Elizabeth to hug and kiss them but without their bonnets Truth got mad and put her head out the window told them to look at her and is this how southern gentlemen treats ladies and she s ashamed of them Elizabeth told her it was bold but foolish and Robert came in her room and praised her knowing just the right thing to say to make them leave She d hit right on to southern men valuing their respect for women without knowing it Robert and Todd had to leave and flee to Canada to avoid becoming soldiers Even the north would draft men at some point Before they left Todd and Robert picked her up off her feet in a hug Robert whispered into her ear that he was proud of her last night and to keep her courage up that he was glad she s come and that she ll be a comfort here I wanted so much but that was better than nothing I was upset though that he said they d send messages through the Buchans which is Martha s family Truth told them that she was proud of themTheir neighbors knew the boys were gone and headed where they d went Some nights they d ride by and yell out Cowards and Canada and throw things at their house uakers would be spat on and shoved in town Some merchants refused to sell to them A uaker from Virginia came to tell them in July that Todd and Robert had been caught by militiamen and forced into the army even though they were from another state The army men said uakers are only good for cannon fodder The man said the war would start in Virginia and that s where the boys are Letters and people could be sent by the Underground Railroad Todd came by one night had been shot and brought through the stations from VirginiaTodd stated that Friends weren t made to be soldiers that they weren t given uniforms or guns but were pushed to the front line with nothing but their bare hands The Confederate army wanted them to be soldiers but they refused They were underfed made to stand up on barrels for a long time tied up in ropes in the hot sun and carry logs One of their Confederate neighbors had noticed a pile of boulders in their pasture and remarked on what a waste it was to take away from land that could be farmed and I knew that was going to be significant Sure enough Matthew and Elizabeth revealed that it was a hiding place and that Todd would be put there I was so disappointed that Robert wasn t with him But the good news was that the Virginia farmer had searched the battlefield for someone of Robert s description and hadn t found him among the dead Todd would be considered a deserter even though he hadn t joined the army They looked for deserters like they did slavesTodd had said that Martha asked about Robert and I was further annoyed And then stupid Truth told Martha s dad to tell Martha that Todd thought Robert was alive She d just a little matchmakerThe army came looking for Todd and Robert both of which were considered deserters So at least there was hope that he was aliveAll of the young uaker males had left or been forced into the army By the new year the war had reached NC and the Union had set up base at Clark and Hatteras The draft age had been raised to accept me 35 45 and they d have to pay 500 to get out of serving It was nice of Truth to offer her gold bar that her dad left her They knew the horses would be taken by the Confederates because they were needed for the army They knew it was better to sell them than to have them taken They also knew the horses wouldn t live long in the war They didn t being shoving money so Matthew had to take some of the steer to market as well They d be killed for food for the soldiersI felt bad when Michael was taken away by the army He couldn t raise the money so he knew they d come for him and didn t fight itMichael told Truth and Martha before he left that slaves could be hidden in the school loft and Martha said they knew that Okay Everyone just knew everything even kidsTruth cried and told him she d pray for him and to write to the school if he could And she realized she had deeper feelings for him than she realized He s a few years older than Robert Come on Where did this come from I know that Robert is her cousin but back then people didn t mind that and I liked him a lot better than the thin boring teacherHe pulled Truth to his side and held her there for a moment and he didn t touch Martha Martha told her that he cared for her and Truth said like Martha cares for Robert UghThe Emancipation Proclamation didn t reach NC until a month later at the end of January 1863 Lincoln had proclaimed it on Jan 1 and made slavery illegal in the Rebel states The Confederates considered it foolishness and the uakers had to celebrate it privately The war still went on though They didn t go to Goldsboro often because there was no coffee sugar or white flour Honey was used as a sweetener Bitter weeds were used to make coffee Home ground cornmeal was the only flour available It had been 2 years since they d seen Robert They realized that letters to uakers weren t delivered and that was why they weren t hearing from him In August Perry actually came to tell Truth that his brother had seen Robert He d been forced to fight and was a part of the Battle of Gettysburg where he d been put on the front line with no weapons just like before But a Yankee took him prisoner by bayonet point as a prisoner of war Perry had come around a little bit He still believed in the war and wanted the south to win but he didn t take satisfaction in it He d rather be in school still instead of working on the farm and caring for his injured brother and dad and one brother died He even acknowledged that Robert was brave because he never took up a weapon even though they did bad things to him in camp Matthew said that if Robert had said he was a Friend and had refused to fight for the Confederacy the Yankees would have tried to get him to fight for them And if he refused to fight then he d be kept a prisoner In Jan 1864 letters came from Michael to Lydia s family He wrote that he was working as a male nurse Todd said he bets that makes Truth happy and that she likes Michael better than she s ever saidThe army took people s cows horses and good wagons and paid them with Confederate money which wasn t worth much and there wasn t much to buy anyway Martha s dad brought news that Robert was being held in a prison in NY President Lincoln had proclaimed that all Friends be released from prison Matthew planned to use the Underground Railroad and take Truth with him since she s a Northerner Then he would go to President Lincoln That was the first bit of excitement in the whole book over halfway through They had to be blindfolded along the way and at one point were put into a hearse In the north they were able to get passes for the train A soldier told her that when people get sick from the cigar smoke they open the window and throw upIt was annoying that they finally got to NY the last leg of their journey to go to the prison and a mob of men attacked Matthew and hurt him badly It was a bit outlandish that Suire was there in NY He s had word from Friends that they were coming Wasn t he in CanadaThen Suire said they d go to see Frederick Douglass in Washington It got even unbelievableDouglass had argued with President Lincoln about having black men enlist in the Union Army Lincoln finally agreed but Douglass thought he should have soonerThere were riots in NY about the draft uakers were hated because they helped black people to freedom Blacks were treated terribly because they were seen as the cause of the war Some black people were killed and an orphanage for black kids was burned down Washington was hot and humid with mosuitoes and a swampy smell The Capitol wasn t even finished being built Douglass liked uakers because one had found him on the roadside and told him to get in the wagon Douglass thought it would be best to go through Mary Lincoln the president s wife for this particular agenda He sent a letter to her ahead of Truth and Suire So that was Frederick Douglass contacting Mary Lincoln instead of President Lincoln on behalf of this little girl Mary s maid brought them in to see Mary who agreed to see them for Douglass Mary heard her tale and shared that she has a kid named Robert and her maiden name was Todd Truth wanted her to have Lincoln write a letter to the prison reuesting that Robert be let free Lincoln made an appearance as Mary went into the adjoining room where Truth was able to hear his voice and see his shadow on the drapes hand his letter to Mary I was rolling my eyes Mary told her that Lincoln has a fondness for uakers She read his letter where he d written that Robert be released to her Imagine holding a letter the president wrote for youSuire and his wife took up the Bardwell surname They were going to travel to Africa because they wanted their kids to be born there When she got through to see the commandant Truth told him to tell Robert that his kettle cousin was here That was a cute moment because the very first page of the book had Truth overhearing Robert tell her mom that Truth was just a kettle cousin another mouth to feed The Union had the rebel prisoners drinking rotten pond water Robert got malaria and was given uinine So finally in August of 64 Robert was freeThe elders thought highly of Truth for all that she had done She finally got to talk with the elders at the meeting which is a big deal for a young person especially a girl Truth asked Lydia if Michael had written and Lydia said he should be writing to her and should have asked for her uncle s permission to write her but there hadn t been time She also thought Michael would become a Friend for her By the fall they had heard that Matthew fractured his skull and couldn t travel Lincoln was reelected Their hams and corn had been confiscated by the army and they were only left with their poor horse Lucy had a baby in March and Truth had to go stay with her family because her mom was sick On the way there with Lucy s dad they encountered a battle and had to dodge the soldiers The fighting soon reached their house and they were stuck indoors for days Cannons would hit the house they had to stay inside and use a bucket of water to clean The dad cut a hole in the floorboards to use as a privy They had to stay on the floor and duck around through the houseThe Yankees checked to see if anyone was alive in the house and they collected their dead Later they noticed someone had left skinned rabbits on their porch presumably a soldierAfter Matthew came back Martha and her dad stayed for supper and Truth noticed how Robert kept glancing at Martha and that he noticed her now Wtf He showed no interest in her this whole time Just because Martha likes him doesn t mean she has to get him Just because you like someone doesn t mean they like you back The war ended in April and the boys were able to come out of the cave They went to meeting and Lydia gave Truth a letter from Michael Truth felt strong and for the first time at meeting her thoughts didn t race to other things she was silent and felt compelled to speak The elders approved and she started by saying she s too young to speak but she wants to share how God took a poor servant and used her as His instrument I was so not happy with that I wanted her with Robert because he was so much interesting than Michael And Michael didn t even come back into the story At least tell us where he s at what he went through and what will become of them Some romance where the two of them never even spoke How lame and boring It might as well have not even been in here The author s note shared that uakers are called such because they uake in the presence of the Holy Spirit They believed whites blacks and Indians could have God s Light uaker men who ran from the army were hidden all over the south The Underground Railroad was called the railroad with no rails The people who operated it were called conductors They only knew the location of the next station and who brought them the slaves Slaves going in one direction weren t blindfolded but it they were going to return then they were so the conductor s identity could be protected Douglass really did know Lincoln and tried to get him to enlist black soldiers in the army but Lincoln refused and that caused a coldness for a while I didn t know that he was made the minister of Haiti Mary Lincoln was considered to be vain and silly and was a trial at times for Lincoln She was impulsive and had a favorite child When Lincoln was killed she sent Douglass his walking cane It was terrible to hear that she never recovered from her husband s assassination and that her son had her put in a mental institution It s sad that the year before he died he was in failing health due to the stresses of his role People noticed his pallor gauntness tiredness and cold handshakes He favored the Society of Friends and said if someone was a Friend then they re not a prisoner of war When he was killed he had a uaker article in his pocket He had the power to free prisoners and he did She credited her source as a book she found at a college library and that it was about uakers in the southern states I kept wondering why the book was called Who Comes With Cannons when there had been no cannons Cannons didn t even come into the story until pg 166 out of 186 I didn t get a feel like I really knew Truth It s in 3rd person and the author barely wrote any of her thoughts and feelings about anything Yes she didn t believe in slavery She s a hard worker She wondered if a guy would look at her like Todd did Lucy Truth was asking uestions all the time and it was so annoying Will the riders be back Will the army come looking for Todd The conversations they had were unrealistic and clumsy as the author tried to dispense informationFor ex Truth told Lucy that Todd had to stay in the cave because the army would be looking for him Lucy replied that Todd would get well and then he could come out at night which was weird that she knew that because the others had already said that All the characters had the same knowledge and just kept going around repeating it I will never read this again
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Use of a riflePatricia Beatty best selling author and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction takes readers on an unforgettable trip aboard the Underground Railroad Her powerful story of the Civil War captures the secrecy suspense and heroism of this little known chapter in America's history and will long be remembered by reader. This is the third of Patricia Beatty s historical novels set in the Civil War Charley Skedaddle was set with a young boy from the north who runs off to war only to find out it wasn t what he expectedTurn Homeward Hanna was set with a young girl from the south who is taken prisoner and sent north accused of treason because she worked at a southern cloth mill In Who Comes With Cannons we are introduced to uakers in North Carolina who were part of the Underground Railroad I found this book an easy read once you get into cadence with the Friends language use of thee While it does seem improbable that the young girl in this story would actually be able to meet Frederick Douglass and see Abraham Lincoln the story about uaker beliefs and how they aided the north in their own way was extremely believable While I still like Charley Skedaddle best this is a good historical novel for those interested in the Civil War and it shows the war from an very different vantage point that one does not often hear about