PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.

He retired from the military financially broke. Some thought his drinking was the cause of his poverty. Some thought it was because he was taken advantage of by his friends. Writing his autobiography was the only way to support his family. He wrote outdoors in his distinctive script with his woolen scull cap to keep him warm. Neighbors and enslaved laborers helped him build this ugly log cabin. Julia did her best to decorate the place. Despite all their efforts the little house looked so unattractive that they called it hardscrabble.


  1. Well done, Danny. After reading this, I suspected who you wrote about. Yep.
    Then I read the comments. A wonderful hook in the name.
    Then I read your “about” bio. Also well done.

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  2. An appealing description of the ex-soldier, and his efforts to build a life and home after war. Like some other readers, I went googling and was glad to learn about Hardscrabble House and Grant.

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  3. Thank you for that! It led me to Google hardscrabble, and then Ulysses S. Grant – who seems to have been ahead of his time in his liberal agenda. Good bit of history to be reminded of in today’s miasmic politics.

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