The Allens live on a large property outside of Mount Jackson in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Theodore Allen is a wealthy landowner, businessman, and slave holder. He, his wife Louisa, and his son Merlin, pretty much skate through Gone for a Soldier, but Ella Ruth, his 16-year-old daughter, plays a major role.

I’m working on a piece for Ella Ruth, entitled Mended by Moonlight. I hope you’ll like it.