Then a man in a uniform came from the kitchen, followed by Emma and Zech. The uniform was Confederate gray. The soldier was the same age as Tobias, and he too wore a black beard.

Tobias approached the house with dread, remembering what Addler told him to say if an army recruiter came. He said, “Howdy.” Then he threw the sack of squirrels onto the stoop floor.

The soldier returned the greeting, and then he said, “I’m Captain Graham. We need your help.”

“I can’t go in the army,” Tobias said quickly. “I’m a drover.”

— A Land Remembered 9781561641161