Women and Children in the Face of War

She walked out in the cold of winter, faded dress blowing in the wind, torn shawl clutched to her shoulder. There was no term “Civil War” to her. The soldiers had conscripted her husband, leaving her with three young children and a belly swollen with child. The war was old, many soldiers had deserted. She had no slaves, many slaves ate better than she and her children did.

The ham was gone from the barn loft where she had hidden it. The Yankee soldiers had stolen it. She was lucky she hadn’t been beaten and raped. She remembered the quote she had read in the newspaper, “It’s a rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.”. “What,” she cried, “ about the women and children?”


18 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    I enjoyed your take on the prompt. Another time, another day, and still our wars continue. Nice job!

  2. 3

    There are really no winners at war, even ones necessary to undertake.


  3. 4

    Tom Poet said,

    An excellent read but the fonts are really really tiny…

  4. 6

    Indeed. It’s always the defenceless who suffer the most.

  5. 7

    tedstrutz said,

    Good point, Bee… still goin’ on too…

  6. 9

    women do their fair share…
    very nice reflection on history

  7. 10

    Enigma said,

    That big-black killer, lier as devil moved by the strings of a puppet in pawns of the true hidden power…
    Poor America…

  8. 11

    Dear Bee Bee

    There’s nothing “civil” about war is there? This had a very Gone With the Wind feel to it. Nicely done.



  9. 12

    dmmacilroy said,

    Dear Beebee,

    You captured the plight of women and children everywhere when the winds of war are blowing. Mother Nature is a cruel taskmaster, too. Good job.



  10. 13

    It’s so often the most vulnerable who are the real victims. I like your take on the picture.

  11. 14

    vbholmes said,

    Good portrayal of the times and the plight of women and children in all wars. Well done.

  12. 15

    Very poignant glimpse of the civil war… of any war, really. Everyone suffers from a war, the innocents the most of all.

  13. 16

    a poignant story well told.

  14. 17

    Nice depiction of the innocents in war, of another time but still just like today.

  15. 18

    nutsfortreasure said,

    Very nice Brenda Bravo

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