“Toe the mark” was a commonly used 19th Century phrase. It literally conveys an image of men and boys stepping up to a line scratched in the dirt or sand before beginning a race or fight. To the Civil War soldier, toe the mark meant – do one’s duty – follow orders.
Toe the Mark is a historical fiction series depicting the experiences of real men and women who lived during the American Civil War. The series is based upon extensive genealogical and historical research.
Toe the Mark chronicles the experiences of…
- Henry, a seaman who enlists in the New Jersey volunteer infantry.
- Jesse, corporal in a Kentucky mounted regiment on Stoneman’s first raid.
- Frank, the Ohio family man who enlists in his forties.
- Charles, the state’s attorney, whose staunch Unionism makes him a target of Confederate General JEB Stuart’s raid through Maryland.
- James, a conflicted captain from Western Virginia.
- John, blacksmith turned soldier in the Sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
- Ben, John’s younger brother, whose time in an Ohio artillery battery shapes his destiny.