After two years of Civil War, Loudoun County, Virginia had become a thoroughfare for both armies. With life in the town of Hillsborough growing more dangerous by the day, headstrong Annabelle MacBain wants to leave to bring much needed medical supplies to her father, a Confederate Doctor, but the trip could take days and she's uncertain of his exact location.
When a stranger arrives in town, Annabelle uses him to get the information she needs and sets off the next day. But the bushwackers and skirmishes on the road will be nothing compared to the challenge presented to her by the stranger himself: a choice to be made between love and pride.
First published as "Annabelle", one of three historic fiction novels in McMath's "Celebrating the American Woman" (Vine Books, 1996), this novel was then updated and republished as "Pella's Angel" (Goose Creek Publications, 2006) to include nineteenth century illustrations and bibliographic references.
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"... one of the most well written fiction novels I have ever read. McMath uses historical battles and information to weave a fictional masterpiece."— Kaci Marie Lahpor, FL, Amazon.com
“A well-handled mystery — and what a shocker conclusion!”— Eileen Charbonneau, award-winning Historic Fiction Author and Newbery Nominee
“Few historical fiction novels present an accurate, interesting story for so many readers, and at the same time, serve as a thought-provoking, life-enriching, relevant tool for modern life.” — Literary Notices, Citizens’ Companion Magazine
This living history documentary brings to life the true stories of fifteen women living through the Civil War in a deeply divided border county. Each woman's story is taken straight from diaries, letters, and first hand accounts and presented within a narrated overview of Loudoun County, Virginia Civil War history. A YouTube version of the documentary can be found HERE.
Produced by Run Rabbit Run Productions, Inc. in 1999 in order to support Virginia Civil War and Women's Studies, "Southern Courage" was created by award-winning Virginia historians Meredith Bean McMath and Joni Lynn Crane using primary source documents found below, this production received the enthusiastic support of The Loudoun Museum, Oatlands Plantation, The Thomas Balch History Library and The Waterford Foundation.
Running time: approx. 45 mins. All rights reserved: For production rights information, contact Meredith Bean McMath.
RESOURCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY
Women in The Civil War by Mary Elizabeth Massey, University of Nebraska Press
Loudoun County and the Civil War, Loudoun County Civil War Centenniel Commission
Legends of Loudoun, by Garrett and Massie
Weevels in the Wheat: Interviews with Virginia Ex-slaves, University Press of Virginia
To Talk is Treason, ed. and annotated by John Divine, Bronwen Souders, John Souders, pub’d in 1996 by The Waterford Foundation, PO Box 142, Waterford, VA 20197
The Waterford News, Vol. 1-7, The Thomas Balch Library,
Crossing The Line: Civilian Trade and Travel Between Loudoun County, Virginia, and Maryland During the Civil War, by Taylor M. Chamberlin & James D. Peshek, Pub. Waterford Foundation, 2002
The Brothers’ War, Annette Tapert, Vintage Books (Div. Random House), 1998
Local histories by Eugene Scheel
Historical Resources and Archival Information:
The Thomas Balch History Library, Leesburg, Virginia:
• “Family Events… Diary of Catherine Barbara Broun, Sunny
Bank, Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia.”
• “The Diary of Kate Powell Carter, Oatlands”
• “The Diary of Miss Mary E. Lack”
• “The Diary of Miss Virginia J. Miller 1861-1862”
• Letter from Carrie Taylor (of the Society of Friends)
The Essence of a People, II: African Americans Who Made Their World Anew in Loudoun County, Virginia, and Beyond, Pub’d by The Black History Committee, Friends of The Thomas Balch Library, Leesburg (2003)
Ye Meeting Hous Smal, a Short Account of Friends of Loudoun County, Virginia, 1732-1980, by Werner and Asa Moore Janney
The National Trust's Oatlands Plantation Archives, Leesburg, Virginia: “Journal of Elizabeth Osbourne Carter, July 1, 1860 to October 31, 1872, Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg”
Waterford Foundation Archives, Waterford, Va"
Letters of Mary Steer, gift to Waterford Foundation by Phebe Haviland Steer
Related publications and plays by Meredith Bean McMath:
Pella’s Angel, a Civil War novel by Meredith Bean McMath, Goose Creek Productions, 2001
"Zilpha Davis,", Essence of a People: African Americans Who Made Their World Anew in Loudoun County, Virginia and Beyond, published by The Black History Committee, Thomas Balch Library, 2002
"A Yankee in the Well," The Loudoun Pamphlet; A Monthly Magazine of Arts and People. No. 17, October, 1995
“Waterford News: Message from the Underground” – a Living History Play, Run, Rabbit, Run Productions, Inc., 2000