In December, Sherman is able to capture Savannah and people are talking about his march through Georgia, leaving destruction in its path. After that, it's on to South Carolina where one of Ed Turner's sons is.
He writes home to tell his family all about the annihilation he's witnessing and Ed is worried about how this will affect his son. (Legit concern, Ed.)
But everyone is talking that the war will be over soon, and even Eb writes home to say he think he'll be back by spring.
And yet the South doesn't give up.
It's 1865 now, and Jethro is thirteen and has definitely changed from his younger years.
Matt and Ellen notice how much he reminds them of Bill, which worries them considering how their older son left the family.
After speaking with Ross Milton, Jethro is left pondering their talk on war and peace.
Milton explains that peace won't be perfect, which is a small blow for Jeth because he wants peace to be perfect.
But he understands that even if the war ends, Tom won't come back and possibly Bill won't either.
They talk about the 13th Amendment, and Milton explains to Jeth how legally passing it is only a step in the right direction—all other progress depends on the people.
Everyone waits for peace through February and March.
Then finally in April—the fifth of April—word breaks that a peace treaty has been signed.
Jethro is allowed to travel to Newton and witnesses the jubilant celebrations throughout the county.
Milton takes him out to dinner where there is more celebration that the war is over.
The next day Jethro tells his family all about the parties he saw.
Things are going great for Jeth, and he's finally enjoying April for once.