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Graves of the Glade
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Susan Lyttek

Today, I was going to do another profile, but I’m up against a book deadline. So, instead, you are getting a play which is a fictionalized account of a real news story in the 60s. It’s a shame that such things happened. Even more, that we fail to learn that we are all people, all creations of God.

The Graves of the Glade

Setting: 1/3 stage left Mississippi, 1964. A lower middle-class living room. Family photos cover the main wall and the mantle of a sealed fireplace. Worn, but nicely decorated sofa in front of fireplace facing audience. Chair for “interviewer” backs to audience.

2/3 stage right Mississippi, summer, 1863, wooded area. Also serves for summer 1964 in epilogue. Several “tree” trunks, artificial turf, various bushes and a green backdrop with a plantation in the distance convey the impression of dense foliage.

Characters: Letitia, 105-year-old black woman, Letitia, 5 or 6-year-old slave girl, Colonel Bo, 7 Union soldiers, Confederate soldier 1, Confederate soldier 2, minimum 2 more Confederate soldiers, audience is the reporter

105 Letitia: (Opening door) Come in, young man. Come in. (Looks beyond him.) Leave those filming contraptions out there, though. It’s my story that matters, not this frame that tells it. I been around too long, unnerstand? (More to herself) But the Lord won’t let me rest till others do. (Motions to chair opposite the couch that backs to the audience.) Have a seat. Have a seat. The tale takes some telling. (Sighs. She slowly sits down herself, leaning and creaking, onto the couch.) Get that pad of yours out. And a good pen.

            ‘Twer the third year of the War Between the States. A group of Union boys had left the fighting at Vicksburg and were headin’ for the Carolinas to join the mountain men. Perhaps they wanted to reclaim Charleston or some of the Union forts. I don’t rightly know. Now a bunch of them got themselves separated by trying to stick to the back woods and out of sight and got stuck here in Ole Miss. That would’ve been fine, too, but a group of Johnston’s men waiting for orders from Lee came to the Lenteaux plantation for supplies and a short rest.

            My mother was a slave on that plantation. So that meant I was hiding in the woods trying to avoid the flogging I’d been promised for losing my stomach during the chamber pot changing. (Girl Letitia shows up on 1863 part of stage. She looks furtively around for a hiding spot.) But no matter. I was there, hiding amongst them trees when those seven Northern boys stumbled in.

Union soldier 1: (Walking past old Letitia and near young Letty) Where do you imagine we are, sir?

Union Captain: (Following him into the glade) Wish I knew, Buckeye. That fog last night was a deep one. Not sure where we lost the general’s regiment. But we can’t be too far off.

Union soldier 2: Peaceful place, though. Rather makes you forget the broil of heat down here.

105 Letitia: (As she talks, the soldiers continue to bustle around the glade and say little nothings to each other.) They was so loud and unconcerned, you would think they was homeboys. But one look at those dark blue and the harsh edge to their speech told me different. I hid deeper in the brambles. (Young Letty does exactly what she said.) With luck, they’d think me a rabbit. With more luck, they wouldn’t be hungry.

            I needn’t have worried. They was too unfamiliar with my home to think anything. Plus they probably didn’t hear nothing past their own racket. But I did. (Young Letty’s eyes widen at the sound of a bugle off stage.)

            Young Master Bo and his regiment had camped at the big house last night after they escaped Vicksburg and the Union lines. They was on orders to go to the next Confederate defense… I think it ‘twas in Tennessee somewheres. Having grown up here, Bo knew the woods. (Bo and Confederate troops creep in from stage right.) Better than I did, for a fact. He spotted me without trying. He gave me a hard look and I knew better than to say boo. (Young Letty cringes when Bo looks at her.)

            With one arm raised (Bo and Confederates do exactly what older Letty says as she remembers), he led his men to enter the grove on three sides. Then he dropped his arm and the guns went off.

            (Union soldier 2 looks down at his chest surprised, touches the blood and then falls after older Letty finishes talking.) I saw the surprised look on one of ‘em. He couldn’t believe the sight of his own blood.

            (Young Letty cowers and covers her eyes, shaking.) Some things etch in yer brain, understand? That boy twer younger than you.

            (Older Letty stares into space for a bit, and then forces herself to stand. This takes a while due to her age. Motions to the chair with a downward sweep of her hand.) Keep yer seat, young man. I need to walk out the words is all. (Picks up her cane and slowly walks the length of the couch, back and forth.)

            I had never seen no human being die afore like that. Never. It caught in my throat and I began to cry. (Young Letty continues to cower while Bo and his troops check for signs of life in their enemy.) When Bo was sure all seven Union boys were dead, he grabbed me out of my thicket, (Bo does this) not caring that the brambles scratched me on the way up. I couldn’t look at him, so I looked at the scratches on my arms instead. (Young Letty keeps head down)

Bo: (gruffly) Tell no one, Letty. Promise me you will tell no one what you saw here today.

105 Letitia: I cleared up my face and choked back the tears that were left. They wouldn’t have done no good with Master Bo no-how. The war had soured the boy; turned him into a man the hard way.

Young Letty: (wiping tears off) But Master Bo, them Union boys…

Bo: (with a shrug) Were trespassing on our land.

Young Letty: (tears returning in spite of herself) But they never even fired! You killed ‘em outright like they was animals!

Bo: (grabbing Letty by the collar roughly) Don’t be such a nigger, Letitia. I did what needed doing.

Confederate soldier 1: (looking at the bodies) What do we do now, Colonel?

Confederate soldier 2: (also looks at bodies, turns green and then turns away to vomit in the bushes)

105 Letitia: (still pacing) I watched Bo mull it over.

Bo: (decisively) It wouldn’t do for anyone to find these here bodies. It would be better if no one knew the traitors had ever been here. (Releases Letty’s collar and puts a finger under her chin so she has to look up at him) Go fetch us some spades, Letty.

105 Letitia: I pushed aside the still trembling and green soldier and started in the direction of the gardener’s quarters.

Bo: (calling after Young Letty who’s exiting stage right) And Letty… Don’t tell anyone why you need them.

(Confederate troops and Bo freeze on their side until Young Letty returns)

105 Letitia: That would mean an extra whipping for me if I were caught, but I expected it. Something weren’t right in Master Bo. Something cruel had bloomed in him, but I didn’t know how or why. Not then.

            Fortunately, Moses was out in the garden doing his job. I grabbed two spades because that was all I could carry. (Young Letty reenters stage right dragging the spades which Bo grabs and hands one to Confederate soldier 1 and another to Confederate soldier 3.) As soon as I could, I was gonna leave that glade. I figured a whipping and my chores were better than seeing those dead eyes. Before I could escape, Master Bo grabbed my collar again—pulling it tight to my neck.

Bo: (grip tightening for a second) This never happened, Letty. Remember that. This never happened.

(The sound of shoveling begins as 1 and 3 make digging motions. Young Letty leaves, taking one sorrowful glance back, before running off stage. Shoveling sound and motions continue until 1863 side of the stage darkens. While Letitia talks, 1863 cast leaves stage.)

105 Letitia: (winded, sitting back down) And that’s where I left those Union boys. Until today. I’ve tried to keep it down and forgotten, but now… (Trails off) The call of Gabriel’s horn is so loud in these old ears I know I have to make things right. I can’t meet the Lord with those boys on my conscience. They need to be buried like men. Men who did their duty, but wandered onto the wrong plantation at the wrong time. See, a runner had just come to the plantation the night before with news. Bad news. Master Drew, Master Bo’s best friend and brother, had died in Pickett’s Charge up North in Gettysburg.

            (1863 side lights up as present day. Archeological team enters from stage right looking at a map and page of instructions. They begin to dig at the base of the trees. They continue until Letitia’s last words.)

            But now, you can get the right folk to dig up those boys and give ‘em a fitting prayer burial. Make sure you find all seven of ‘em, hear?

            (Gets up off the couch again and walks “reporter” to the “door”. Opens “door” to let him out.) Thanks for comin’ and listening to an old woman.

            (She returns to the couch just as one of the dig team triumphantly and reverently holds up a skull.)

            Call away, Gabriel! This ol’ slave’s ready to see ye.

(Lights out)

 

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2/11/2017

Learning from the Groundhog and the Auto Show
Susan Lyttek
2/4/2017

January Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek
1/28/2017

Of Christmases and January Past
Susan Lyttek
1/21/2017

Welcome 2017!
Susan Lyttek
12/31/2016

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/23/2016

NaNo and Pebble Lessons
Susan Lyttek
12/16/2016

December Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2016

NaNoWriMo Lessons and Hopes
Susan Lyttek
11/18/2016

My November Birthday Tributes
Susan Lyttek
11/11/2016

Lessons of the Week
Susan Lyttek
11/4/2016

Learning to Speak Feline
Susan Lyttek
10/28/2016

On Changed Hearts, Changed Minds and Politics
Susan Lyttek
10/21/2016

October Birthday Tribute
Susan Lyttek
10/12/2016

Words and the Word (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
10/2/2016

Words and the Word (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2016

Questions of Pain
Susan Lyttek
9/18/2016

September Birthdays
Susan Lyttek
9/11/2016

Standard Rescue, part 2
Susan Lyttek
9/3/2016

Standard Rescue, part 1
Susan Lyttek
8/27/2016

How to Go Into Debt
Susan Lyttek
8/19/2016

The Difference Hope Makes
Susan Lyttek
7/30/2016

Why Teach Poetry?
Susan Lyttek
7/24/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 3
Susan Lyttek
7/15/2016

Blog-itis
Susan Lyttek
7/8/2016

Reminiscing with the Patriot
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2016

Lessons in Fear
Susan Lyttek
6/30/2016

Lessons from My Color Bible, Part 2
Susan Lyttek
6/10/2016

Leftover Queen, Part II
Susan Lyttek
5/27/2016

Leftover Queen
Susan Lyttek
5/20/2016

Lessons from my Color Bible
Susan Lyttek
5/12/2016

Living As Called
Susan Lyttek
4/22/2016

Making Writing Fun Again
Susan Lyttek
4/15/2016

Springing
Susan Lyttek
4/6/2016

Good Friday Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
3/26/2016

Confessions of a Delinquent Blogger
Susan Lyttek
3/23/2016

Accepting the Gift of Free Time
Susan Lyttek
2/29/2016

Rest vs. the Type-A Female
Susan Lyttek
2/22/2016

Lessons on Sickness and Rest
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2016

Sick Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2016

Blocked
Susan Lyttek
1/27/2016

When Inspiration Fails to Strike
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2016

Stumbling Into the New Year
Susan Lyttek
1/13/2016

Annual Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2015

Benefits to the Parent: Help with Work
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Home
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2015

The Benefits of Unscheduled Free Time
Susan Lyttek
10/16/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek
10/9/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Empathetic
Susan Lyttek
10/9/2015

Benefits to the Parent: More Willing to Persevere
Susan Lyttek
10/2/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Closer to God
Susan Lyttek
9/25/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: More Intuitive
Susan Lyttek
9/18/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent--Weaker
Susan Lyttek
9/11/2015

Benefits to the Parent--Seeing God's Hand
Susan Lyttek
9/4/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Savvy-er
Susan Lyttek
8/28/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Braver
Susan Lyttek
8/21/2015

Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Wiser
Susan Lyttek
8/14/2015

The Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Smarter
Susan Lyttek
8/7/2015

Benefits of Being a Homeschool Parent (Intro)
Susan Lyttek
7/31/2015

Lessons from my Great Aunt Ansie
Susan Lyttek
7/24/2015

Virginia Writers Conference
Susan Lyttek
7/14/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
7/10/2015

Some Truth About Independence Day
Susan Lyttek
7/3/2015

Relearning Fitness (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
6/26/2015

Under the Sun
Susan Lyttek
6/19/2015

A Lesson I Keep Needing to Re-Learn
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2015

Times of Transition
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2015

Blog Ideas
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 2
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2015

Mercs Next Door, Part 1
Susan Lyttek
5/15/2015

Getting to Mom
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2015

To Blog or Not to Blog
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2015

Driving Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2015

Gaming Education
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2015

Fast Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2015

Resurrection Thoughts
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2015

Power of the Coupon
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2015

Spring Planting
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2015

Showing My Age
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2015

Teaching Women
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2015

Beware the Ides of... February
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2015

Honoring a President in Fiction
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2015

Gratitude Lessons
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2015

The Pros and Cons of Research
Susan Lyttek
2/6/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 3
Susan Lyttek
1/30/2015

Off the Hamster Wheel... Part 2
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2015

The Homeschool Hamster Wheel
Susan Lyttek
1/16/2015

Etiquette Education
Susan Lyttek
1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek
1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013