This book illustrates the home life of Texans during the Civil War and includes Hall’s relationship with blacks, especially a man named Billl Hicks, who became Hall’s miller when Hall was away. This book traces the changing relationships betweeen slaves and masters during the early post-war transition, before Congressional Reconstruction began. Hall’s feast of reason was to refuse to go into the military, even though he favored seccession; to adapt to changing needs and circumstances; and to remain a voice of fairness and moderation during these trying times.
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