Dear Reader, I am afraid for us.
So begins Sophie's journal on
Christmas Eve, 1861. And no wonder. She lives in Comfort, Texas, during the Civil War and her father makes
no secret of being a Unionist in a state that has left the Union. Terrible things are happening to German Texans like
Sophie's family because they are on the wrong side.
Ages 9 and up
My German ancestors were peasants who came to Texas in 1845. The Texas
Trilogy is based on their experiences. But there was another group of Germans who came around
1850 and settled in Comfort and Sisterdale in the Texas hill country. They were highly educated
in German Universities, but fled their fatherland after the failed 1848 revolution. Freethinkers,
they called themselves. Latin farmers, others called them, for they read and spoke Latin
among themselves. During the Civil War they were called traitors for believing in the Union.