Scarlett and Charles wed, just as Ashley and Melanie does. Not long after, Charles, Ashley, and all the young fellows head out to war. Charles passes on as a result of a disease in camp, and a couple of months after, Scarlett delivers his child, Wade. Scarlett is hopeless as a widow, not on account that she thought about Charles but rather in light of the incredibly strict rules of conduct for widows; she is exhausted and troubled. So when Melanie writes a letter and asks her “sister” Scarlett to try and come to Atlanta, which Scarlett concurs to. Scarlett, Wade, and Prissy will remain with Melanie and Miss Pittypat, in Atlanta.