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The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
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Feb 24, 2011

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I love historical fiction. To take a real event, and "fill in the gaps" to make a story come alive is pure talent. Widow of the South tells the mostly true story of Carrie McGavock, a Tennessee housewife whose home is turned into a field hospital after the Battle of Franklin is waged in her town. She is a slightly morbid person from the loss of two children, but seems to find her place in life taking care of the injured soldiers. When the war was over she and her husband retrieved the fallen soldiers, who had been given a hasty and shallow burial in a field, and reburied them on their property. She kept meticulous records of the men buried there, and took care of their graves for the rest of her life. The best part is that for the most part, it’s true! You can go to Carnton Plantation walk among the graves, through her house which is still blood stained, and even see her book, written in her own hand, detailing the lives and deaths of every soldier she tended to until her death. There is a side story of one particular solider she nurses and begins to fall in love with which will appease those who aren’t as interested in history, but I felt that the best part of this story were the historical aspects.

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