"The Olive Branch is a quiet, yet powerful book. First published in 1907, it continues to stand as a testament to the moral courage of peaceful people caught up in the maelstrom of the American Civil War. It effectively tells the story of how cherished principles can remain constant under the most trying of circumstances." - John L. Heatwole, author of Shenandoah Voices and The Burning.
This reprint edition of The Olive Branch has been prepared to commemoratge the life and witness of Elder John Kline, a German Baptist Brethren minister, who was a significant spokesperson for the Brethren and the Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley during the American Civil War. He was killed in 1864 becauseof ill-sentiment toward his religious objections to participation in the war; his compassion for all persons regardless of political, racial, economic, or religious backgrounds; and his objection to slavery.