If God was watching that Indian summer afternoon of November 30, 1864, some say he would have been looking at the continent of America, in the central part of a state called Tennessee, at a little town called Franklin - where a terrible battle was about to begin. Within a few short hours nearly 10,000 men would be dead, and the lives of many ...
If God was watching that Indian summer afternoon of November 30, 1864, some say he would have been looking at the continent of America, in the central part of a state called Tennessee, at a little town called Franklin - where a terrible battle was about to begin. Within a few short hours nearly 10,000 men would be dead, and the lives of many others changed utterly; none more so than Carrie McGavock who would find her home taken over by the Confederate Army and turned into a field hospital. On the field of battle, a seasoned Southern soldier, Zachariah Cashwell, would drop his gun and charge forward into Yankee territory holding only the flag of his company's colours. In the pain-filled days and weeks that followed, both would find a form of mutual healing that neither thought possible. In an extraordinary debut novel, based on a true story, Robert Hicks paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman who, through love and loss, found a cause. Known throughout the country as the Widow of the South, Carrie McGavock gave her heart first to a stranger, then to a tract of hallowed ground, becoming in the process a symbol of a nation's soul.
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One of the best historical fiction books I have ever read about the Civil War. One I'll never forget! I want to go back to Franklin, TN again to visit the setting for this story.
Jan 22, 2009
Excellent historic novel dealing with the Battle of Franklin (Tennessee.) This story tells of the sorrows and joys of a Civil War era woman caught in the horror of a battle fought on her family's plantation. Her home was turned into a hospital, and her family cemetery became a cemetery for dead Confederate soldiers. This is a fictionalized version of a historical event, and photographs of the actual heroine, her family, and the graveyard which she established are included in the book.
Dec 27, 2008
I am amazed at the way this author set up the book. It was an easy read and anyone who is interested in civil war history would enjoy this book. I found it amazing how this author took the lives and battle and placed truth into a story of fiction. It is very detailed and shows the views of those affected by the battle whether they were citizens or soldiers.
Jul 10, 2007
Truth-based Historical Fiction
Robert Hicks imagined the untold story behind one of the most horrific battles of the Civil War and created a story that captures the essence of the time, place, and most importantly, the people who lived it. If you like historical fiction, you should enjoy this book.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-20 Hicks's big historical first novel, based on true events in his hometown, follows the saga of Carrie McGavock, a lonely Confederate wife who finds purpose transforming her Tennessee plantation into a hospital and cemetery during the Civil War. Carrie is mourning the death of several of her children, and, in the absence of her husband, has left the care of her house to her capable Creole slave Mariah. Before the 1864 battle of Franklin, Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest commandeers her house as a field hospital. In alternating points of view, the battle is recounted by different witnesses, including Union Lt. Nathan Stiles, who watches waves of rebels shot dead, and Confederate Sgt. Zachariah Cashwell, who loses a leg. By the end of the battle, 9,000 soldiers have perished, and thousands of Confederates are buried in a field near the McGavock plantation. Zachariah ends up in Carrie's care at the makeshift hospital, and their rather chaste love forms the emotional pulse of the novel, while Carrie fights to relocate the buried soldiers when her wealthy neighbor threatens to plow up the field after the war. Valiantly, Hicks returns to small, human stories in the midst of an epic catastrophe. Though occasionally overwrought, this impressively researched novel will fascinate aficionados. Agent, Jeff Kleinman. Major ad/promo, 15-city publicity tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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