Tilly takes us back to April 1861, shortly after Abraham Lincoln is elected president. All over the Southern Illinois town of Grand Tower, boys are taking sides and drilling in preparation for military service for the North or the South. (the Civil War is coming.)
Delphine and Calinda settle into the Pruitts' spare bedroom.
She orders oil lamps and matches to be delivered to the Pruitts' house, which seems extravagant to everyone.
Calinda cooking jambalaya, a classic New Orleans recipe. Yum.
The family sits up late into the night enjoying the new oil lamps and Delphine's and Calinda's company