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TITLE: They Who Bear the Cost
FANDOM: Mercy Street
PAIRING: Jed/Mary, Henry/Emma
RATING: PG-13
SUMMARY: The inhabitants of Mansion House and the Battle of Antietam.

On AO3.

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I had no intention of staying up to actually finish this.  I came into my home office at 11 and picked up a book I have on Civil War battlefields, to get a sense of the timeline of Antietam for this story.  It was originally meant to be a shorter vignette for the series "Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Storms" (indeed, "Ocean of Storms" was the working title), and I had intended it to be about just one or two of the characters.  It kind of grew as I went, so I just wrote.  It felt longer, while I was writing.  I am sure it could be, if I felt equal to the task of conveying 1860s hospital chaos with no visual aid.  

It is about Antietam, obvs, also called the Battle of Sharpsburg (in the South).  I was struck when watching the series finale (spoiler!) that they didn't really....talk about the battle, per se.  The show went with the political aftermath, which I get.  This battle didn't have the impact on Alexandria that others did, in a physical sense, plus battle scenes cost more, and the show is and isn't about the war itself.  But the single bloodiest day of the war does warrant more than a political tussle onscreen, I thought.  And that's how this grew in my head.


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