Not far from your home, the entire city of Richmond lies in rubble.
During General Sherman’s March last year, Union soldiers set buildings ablaze and destroyed crops in Georgia. They pulled apart railroad tracks all the way from Atlanta to Savannah. But here, the city was burned by Confederate soldiers who knew the Union Army was on the way. Hundreds of thousands of people have died in the war. Nobody has money to rebuild.
You have so many questions about your life and future. Where will your family live now, and will you still work like your mother and father? Will you be able to find your family members who were sold or traded to other plantations? Your family might move far away, if you can find a safe way to travel. For right now, you stay close by.