When Will This Cruel War Be Over?

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Abraham Lincoln elected president

1860

The American Civil War

1861 - 1865

Civil War begins at Fort Sumpter

April 12 1861

Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation

January 1 1863

Elizabeth is born

July 1863

Tally joins the Confederate army

August 1863

Emma meet Tally

August 1863

Brother, Cole, dies fighting for the Confederacy

December 1863

Tally held as a POW

1864 - 1865

Mother becomes ill

January 22 1864

Emma takes over responsibility of schooling the negro children

January 24 1864

Smallpox outbreak in Gordonsville

February 1864 - March 1864

Aunt Caroline, Cousin Rachel, and Baby Elizabeth come to stay at Gordonsville

February 3, 1864

Broyles brothers return home injured

March 5, 1864

Mother dies

April 18 1864

Cinda, a negro child, dies

July 1864

Tom Broyles dies

July 28 1864

Robert Broyles disappears

August 8 1864

The Broyleses' House in invaded by Yankees and they move into Emma's home

August 29 1864

Yankee soldiers break into the house and raided the pantry

September 3 1864

Emma's home is taken over as a Yankee base

September 9 1864

Yankee troops burn the Finch's home

September 12 1864

Mr. Garlington hung by Yankee soldiers

October 14 1864

Father, Colonel Robert Stiles Simpson, dies at the Battle of Cedar Creek

October 19 1864

Yankee troops depart from Emma's home

November 7 1864

All the slaves, except for Iris and Amos, run away

November 17 1864

Baby Elizabeth becomes ill

December 4 1864

Baby Elizabeth dies

December 21 1864

Aunt Caroline fixes up and runs an orphanage out of Emma's home

1865 - 1893

General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox and war ends

April 9 1865

Tally and Emma reunited and move to Richmond

May 1865

Cousin Rachel admitted to Richmond Lunatic Asylum

1867

Cousin Rachel dies

1868

Emma gives birth to Robert

1868

Emma gives birth to Jane

1870

Aunt Caroline dies

1893

Simpson home demolished

1894

Tally dies

1916

Emma dies

1917