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The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
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Jun 08, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 08 to 11, 2010

Another excellent Civil War historical fiction book based on the true story of what happened in Franklin, TN before, during and in the years following the great battle that took place there towards the end of the war.

Carrie McGavock and Zachariah Caswell stike up a most unlikely friendship/relationship when he was living in her home which had been used after the battle as an hospital. That friendship helps Carrie to overcome her many weaknesses and ultimately rise to the occasion saving the many bones of the Confederate dead who bravely fought and died.

Some of the characters such as Carrie and Mariah, her longtime friend, confidant and slave, were "real". Others were only a fictionalized account of those likely to have lived at that place during that time period.

The author who had previously worked in the music industry was appointed to a foundation dedicated to the upkeep of the house where Carrie had lived. He then worked on creating this story for seven years so that Carrie McGavock and what she was able to accomplish would not be lost. Kudos to Hicks!
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