This book of historic fiction depicts a love story between Peter
Lauck and Amelia Heiskell, ancestors of Collins. It covers life in
Winchester, Virginia, from the mid-1700s until the end of the
American Revolution. It displays quaint Virginia customs, beliefs,
medical treatments, hex and witchcraft practices, as well as
housekeeping and clothing traditions. Unique, long-forgotten mores
yield fascinating details of life in the colonies before and during
the American Revolution.
This tale recounts early Virginia history and the Battle of
Quebec in 1775 (Benedict Arnold's ill-fated attempt to take Quebec
as the 14th American colony) where Peter Lauck served under the
command of Captain Daniel Morgan. Morgan trained and took 96
riflemen from Winchester into the battle at Quebec. Peter, his
brother, Simon, and four close friends from Winchester formed the
historic "Dutch Mess." The book also traces some events in the
military role of George Washington's second cousin, William
The book describes the origin of Peter Lauck's Red Lion Inn
(where George Washington stopped) and Lauck's mansion, Edgehill, in
Edna also wrote "Dog Mysteries" in 2006, "Who Killed Who-the
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Devil" in 2008.
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