By Hiram King

ISBN-10: 0585285926

ISBN-13: 9780585285924

ISBN-10: 0843944188

ISBN-13: 9780843944181

Whilst Bodie Johnson returns from the battle among the States, he reveals his domestic destroyed and his relatives gone--packed up like livestock and shipped west on a slave teach. With simply that info to move on, Bodie units out to discover no matter what is still of his relations.

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The bartender drew his lips in disgust and moved away. A heavy voice said conversationally to Bodie, "How do.  . Josh Gibbons. " "I'm sort of straw boss 'round here. Army depends on me to keep tabs on loafers and slackers. " Josh smiled at the surprised look that came to Bodie's face. " Josh pursed his lips thoughtfully, looking at Bodie. " The bartender was fidgety, pacing back and forth uneasily, so Bodie held his words. When the bartender had again moved away, Bodie talked, laying out all the information he had gathered along the way about the slave train, including what Bones had told him.

There's more places," Deedee said, her eyes flashing. "Other places got troubles too," Josh countered. "If Bodie was to stay, they wouldn't bother us," Otis said. " Bones called, coming out of the lane from the shacks where he had just checked for vacancies. " He pointed across the yard. " At least thirty field hands came straggling across the yard, plodding wearily toward the row of shacks. One man carried a busted arm in a rag sling; another man hobbled, showing blood through a ragged hole in his pant leg; two women stumbled along, played out from the long walk.

She was a tall, slim-waisted, bright-eyed woman of twenty-three, twenty-four at most. A floppy bonnet tied under her chin almost hid her chocolate-colored, slender face. The drab unbleached muslin dress she wore didn't cover the fact that she was all woman. Marion was a fair-size town that had sprung up in a shallow valley just south of the train station. Four miles to the west the land was table-flat farmland, the land of cotton; and for that reason, Marion was a farming town straddling the rails that led south.

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