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This weeks chapters open with Clare, Saoirse, and Eileen eager to be married. It turns out that there is a Catholic chapel in Lexington. Mark goes there with Clare and the others to inquire about being Married. The priest will not be there until the 18th of January.
On the 11th, Ken and Kell come to Mark needing more information about the ports on the east coast. Mark takes them to Fort Jefferson on Monday to see about obtaining the information. While there he is promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and obtains the services of Thomas Young, a partisan leader from the south. Thomas is very surprised at how they arrive in Lexington.
Later that day, Mark goes to town with the guys and their Fiancees to buy engagement and wedding rings for the women. The women go to buy dresses to be married in after that, while the guys return to work.
There are promotions that night at dinner at Hickory Hill. The following day Thomas Young has questions about the number of Officers in the unit. The situation is explained to him. There are more promotions over the next few days, but Mark is worried about those not promoted. He receives advice from some unexpected sources.
Saturday they travel to the chapel to meet with the priest, but he is exhausted and asleep. They must wait until Sunday they are told. On Sunday the entire clan accompanies them to church to be married. There are again complications as many people have arrived for the mass.
A Historic Note:
Both Father Badin who is mentioned, and Father Fournier who appears in the story are historic figures and served in the Kentucky mission for many years. Likewise, the McCarthys are also historic figures and lived in Kentucky at this time, but not in Lexington in our Reality.
Enjoy these chapters. More next week.