After the Yankees have finished up their attacks, everything is now more awful than ever before: little or no food to eat; and more houses destroyed. While Scarlett is making efforts to keep everybody alive, she is beginning to have bad dreams from the strain.
Frank Kennedy, Suellen’s lover, returns with his armed force unit during Christmas. He informs Scarlett and the others that the war will end soon, and reveals to them that Aunt Pittypat’s home survived notwithstanding the fact that quite a bit of Atlanta suffered massive destruction. Kennedy seeks Scarlett’s authorization to propose to Suellen, since Gerald is too weak to give his authorization. Scarlett accepts.
Pork goes out on a journey to get supplies and brings back a lot of food. However, the food fails to light up anybody’s spirits when the news arrives: the Civil War has ended, and the South is the losing side. Everybody, with the exception of Scarlett, laments. Scarlett is primarily concerned with their daily living. She visits the neighbors and sees how everybody is finding life difficult. One young lady is wedding her dad’s Yankee worker since she needs a place to call home. Men are now figuring out how to be ranchers. The Tarleton area feels ghostly; all of the four children were executed in the war. Scarlett misses them, and becomes angry when she learns that Mrs. Tarleton spent a considerable amount of cash on extravagant gravestones for the young men.