Title: River of Blood
Rating/Warning: SPN gen (PG-13)
word count: 42K, not counting author notes
spoilers: set early in season 3, just after episode 3.03 Bad Day at Black Rock
Summary: A summoning ritual backfires. Instead of drawing the restless spirit of Corporal Leamon Griffith to them, Sam and Dean find themselves catapulted to the side of a young Union soldier, just hours before he goes MIA - in 1863.
(i.e. I throw the boys into the Civil War. Themes of courage and honor, sacrifice and forgiveness follow them wherever they go, apparently.)
My thanks to miz24601, who scrutinized every blessed word for things that might make a reader stumble or snore (I think I owe you a new red pen, Lisa!); and also to shallowz and geminigrl11, who then read the whole story in one fell swoop when it was finished and provided additional invaluable feedback. (Of course, none of them have seen the final final draft after my tweaks, so all mistakes are my own.)
chapter links: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Author Notes: the story behind the story
Post edited to add: thanks to the generous efforts of liptonrm, who donated her talents in the 2009 Sweet Charity fund raiser, River of Blood is now available as a paperback from cafepress, or as a pdf download here!
ETA: Story also now available for download here at: The eBook Library: Fanfiction on the Run and at Archive of Our Own.