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That he ran away in the first place but he's raised at his son deserted his regiment son of his a coward lying in bed at night unable to sleep asleep. macy thinks what blight this is on the family name name that macy has poured the last eight years of his life building into a New York. Work Institution but then. He remembers his own foolishness when he was young. How miserable he was that? First Year on the whaling ship seasick and mocked by his crewmates. If he had a chance in those first two weeks to run away will you know he might well taken it. Perhaps he should have shared his hardships with Roland instead. Always playing up his time at sea is the best years of his life he enrolling were never close the last time they spoke rh said things things he regrets the now he might lose him h plans a trip to Washington to see if there are any strings brings he can pull to get his boy out of this mess but then a letter arrives from an unexpected Sabeer dear Mr rh macy. I'm writing to tell you that your son Roland macy. Junior has been tried and convicted of desertion. He was sentenced to forfeit his pay. Hey and has been remanded into my care the one hundred sixth regiment as Rowland's commanding officer. I can tell you he has always conducted himself with much propriety. Priority and exhibited such soldier like qualities in battle and on the campaign that I have interceded on his behalf and petitioned the court to clear his record. They have agreed. I will look out for your son to ensure his conduct is worthy of the courts. Clemency in your service captain a bell t La Forge George H wrightson forage to thank him for his son's release and the two men strike up a friendship. They continue exchanging letters through the last year of the war and when peace is declared in eighteen sixty five before jr heads to New York in search of work he ends up finding ending not just a job but a career and a wife Margaret. Catchall now stores Superintendent this cements Mints Laforge is place in Macy's management and R H is family but Roland macy juniors homecoming will not turn out nearly as well around the same time that H macy welcomes La forge into the firm. He brings another man into the company Whose children will determine the department stores future well into the next century? By the time he enters macy's life his character is already we've been gravely tested by war and violence. It's late on Easter Sunday April April sixteenth. Eighteen sixty five in Columbus Georgia. The last true battle of the civil wars coming to a close union troops troops captured the Franklin Street bridge from a rag tag band of confederate reserves and locals armed with everything from hunting rifles to pitchforks. Federal soldiers is march into town for the rest of the night. They ransacked the Georgia town. They arrest resistors confiscate goods and destroy. Whatever they can't carry they burned down allentown mill and the cotton warehouses as the rioting continues throughout the night Lazarus Strauss and his wife Sarah Huddle with their teenage sons ends on the Sofa in the parlor? They're trying not to listen to the terrifying. Sounds of chaos outside but it's impossible Lazarus's fifty six years old and balding the warrant in his eyes. Soften a stern furrowed brow. He's worried union soldiers for the drunken drunken town. Rabble will loot the families dry goods store as a resident of the south and merchant. He's on the confederate side but he doesn't support slavery he's an immigrant Jew who seen more than his share of Anti Semitism and bigotry. He survived the German Revolution of eighteen. Forty eight and now. He's he's about to lose his livelihood yet again to war. He needs to act Sarah. I can't sit here another moment. I've got to go and defend end. The store he tried to get to his feet but his wife calls him closer. No lasers what will happen to us if the soldiers come in the house we're confederate sympathizers. We're the enemy. You know. Lazarus gently extricates himself from his wife's arms. Boys Take Care of your mother now be back. He puts on his coat and hat and walks out the door. Sarah and her sons wait praying. He'll come back safely before. The soldiers arrived at their door bent on revenge. When Lazarus does visit the store his heart sinks it has been thoroughly trashed? And you will have to start over yet again. But this time he and his sons create a new business a business so successful that it captures rh. macy's attention in New York when they meet they will form a partnership that will be tested by turbulent times..