Jarrettsville: A Novel

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Counterpoint Press, 2009 - Fiction - 340 pages
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Based on a true story from the author’s family history, Jarrettsville begins in 1869, just after Martha Jane Cairnes has shot and killed her fiancé, Nicholas McComas, in front of his Union cavalry militia as they were celebrating the anniversary of the Confederate surrender at Appomattox.

To find out why she murdered him, the story steps back to 1865, six days after the surrender, when President Lincoln has just been killed by John Wilkes Booth. Booth belongs to the same Rebel militia as Martha’s hot-headed brother Richard, who has gone missing along with Booth. Martha is loyal to her brother but in love with Nicholas McComas, a local hero of the Union cause, and their affair is fraught with echoes of the bloody conflict just ended.

The story is set in Northern Maryland, six miles below the Mason-Dixon line, where brothers literally fought on opposing sides, and former slave-owners live next door to abolitionists and freed men. Such tension proves key to Martha’s motives in killing the man she loves, and why — astonishingly — she is soon acquitted by a jury of her peers, despite more than fifty eyewitnesses to the crime.
  

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This would be a great selection for a book club. - Goodreads
It is also a love story but is not overwhelming. - Goodreads
Yes, there's a love story, but it is much more. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Arlene - Goodreads

A strong 4 1/2. Has a bit of everything to recommend it. Historical fiction set in northern Maryland soon after the end of the Civil War – and based on a true story that involves a murder. Giving ... Read full review

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User Review  - Donna Stuedeman - Goodreads

What I liked about the story: the fact that this really did happen and the setting - just after the Civil War. Maryland was in the middle of the war and it was feasible that neighbors could have been ... Read full review

Contents

Martin Jarrett MD Confederate States Army Veteran 2
2
Joshua Jarrett Youth 7
7
Alex McComas United States Army Veteran 10
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Mrs Ayres Farmers Wife 14
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II Martha Jane Cairnes 1865 21
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III Nicholas McComas 18651869 111
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IV We the People aprilmay 1869 217
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Charles Bouldin Harford County Sheriff 218
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Thomas Archer Member of the Jury 246
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G Richard Cairnes Distiller of Fine Whiskey 254
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Mary Ann Bay Cairnes Mother of the Accused 270
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Martha Jane Cairnes the Accused 314
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EpilogueCornelia Nixon GreatGranddaughter of George Andrew Cairnes 330
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Family Tree 333
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The New York Times may 9 1869 334
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About the Author 340
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Henry Farnandis Esquire Attorney at Law 224
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Isabelle Cairnes Kirkwood Mother of Seven 228
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