May 9, 2024


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Mennonite Life Community Room



Peggy’s War is a meticulously researched novel that adheres closely to the true story of Margaret “Peggy” Rhodes and the young men she protected during the Civil War. She is a fiercely loyal Union woman living the Shenandoah Valley, a region in Virginia that supports the Confederacy. While her husband is slowly dying of consumption, Peggy conceals draft dodgers and deserters in a secret cellar under their bedroom floor. She does this while managing a farm, raising five children, and serving as a postmaster for the underground railroad run by Mennonites and Dunkers.

Karl Rhodes is a great-great-grandson of Peggy Rhodes. He retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, where he was a senior managing editor in the Research Department. Previously, he was director of external communications for Media General and executive editor of Virginia Business magazine. He and his wife, Kim, live in Richmond, Va.

Peggy’s War is available for purchase here.

This event is complimentary and does not require registration.




  • Mennonite Life Community Room
  • 2215 Millstream Road
    Lancaster, PA 17602 United States
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Did You Know?

The sandstone used for the Herr House was quarried on-site.

Christian Herr was a prominent leader in the 18th century Mennonite Community. Years after his death Lancaster Mennonites were still referred to as the Christian Herr Party.

Indigenous Peoples taught the Herr family and other Mennonites how to hunt game, clear heavily forested land, and how to identify native plants.