A Fictionalized Memoir
Billy Benson, at age 9 in 1952, gets in trouble with the courts and finds himself "banished" to his grandfather's farm for the summer as his mother attends classes to better herself as Billy's father is institutionalized in a TB clinic with the responsibility of supporting her family, falls onto his mother's shoulders. Billy is captivated by the stories told him by his grandfather, especially those of his great grandfather's service in the Confederate Army. He was wounded in the trenches at Petersburg, Virginia, prior to the Battle of the Crater that was depicted in the movie, Cold Mountain.
Grandfather's Popcorn Balls
Grandfather always put in a few rows of popcorn, waiting to be sure it wouldn't "cross" with the field corn he raised to feed his mule and the chickens.
He used to make these for me on the wood stove, after getting a "good hot fire" going. They tasted a lot like Crackerjacks.