Morris has written a wonderful Civil War story with an unusual twist and true-to-life characters. The Amish don’t believe in taking up arms against their fellow man, but they do not condemn those who do. The Civil War provides a vivid background to this story of how one person’s choices affect those around him.
Yancy Tremayne is half-Amish and half-Cheyenne. He misses his life with his dead mother’s people, but he wants to please his father and therefore tries to fit in with the people around him. But the rules of the Amish are choking the life out of him. When he meets Stonewall Jackson, he rejects the Amish pacifist way of life and decides to follow Jackson into battle. (BARBOUR, Feb., 320 pp., $14.99)