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Caroline's Secret Message is the second book in the Caroline series.



Only in Caroline's Secret Message

Chapter by Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Home Again

Chapter Two: The Hathaways

Chapter Three: On Enemy Ground

Chapter Four: Papa

Chapter Five: Happy Birthday, Caroline

Looking Back: Wartime in 1812

Discusses how the War of 1812 affected women and children. Topics covered:

  • The War of 1812 as "the war that almost no one wanted" due to opposition by many of the New England states
  • The waterways around Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the Saint Lawrence River as major supply routes affected by the War of 1812
  • Turmoil among families due to the presence of army troops, regardless of friend or foe
  • Political divisions between families and friends due to the war
  • Military and naval separation between men and their families, with the US Army offering cash incentives and free land for men to join the fight
  • Other forms of separation between men and their families, such as volunteer militia groups and men imprisoned by the British
  • The increase in workload for women and children, especially for women forced to look after their husbands' businesses in their husbands' absence
  • Betsy Doyle, who took over her husband's position at Fort Niagara following his capture by the British [1]
  • Handmade items, such as samplers stitched by girls as a way to practice reading, arithmetic, and geography
  • Ways prisoners of war found to occupy their time, such as making boxes, model ships, and other crafts

Items associated with Caroline's Secret Message

References and Footnotes

  1. The Looking Back section refers to Betsy Doyle as Fanny Doyle; this is incorrect and was due to an 1845 publication about the early years of the Niagara frontier that was only clarified in 2011. A War of 1812 Mystery Has Been Solved,; article written November 20, 2011 and accessed October 29th, 2020.