It was in the early spring of 1861 that Boyd Peyton came home to Mobile after his first cruise as an officer in the United States Navy. Coming home to Mobile meant a very great deal to Boyd. It meant coming back to his father, to his brother, and to his mother, but above all, it meant coming back to Mary Annan. Mary Annan was divided in her affections between Boyd Peyton and Robert Darrow. She liked and admired them both so much that it made her heart bleed to think of giving up either for the sake of the other. But before Boyd had been long in Mobile, a love for a new idol sprang up in Mary's heart, which completely overshadowed her feelings for both men. The name of this new idol was The Southern Cause. After years of misunderstanding and bitterness, the Southern States had at last decided to sever the bonds which held them in the Union. Mary, a Southerner, welcomed the rupture. So too did all the other loyal citizens of Mobile. All, that is, but Boyd Peyton. His love for the South ...
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