A Light in the Storm

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Hesse, Karen. A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Amelia "Wickie" Martin lives in a Delaware lighthouse, where her Unionist father and secessionist mother assist the head Keeper. Her diary of the run-up to the Civil War stresses the fractious public opinion of the border states, and the uncertainty and danger of the course of national events, for which the precarious lighthouse and the shoals it marks are a kind of emblem.

An entry in the popular "Dear America" series of books presented as diaries by witnesses to historical events; see also When Will This Cruel War Be Over?