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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus
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Dec 28, 08


This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it some years ago, but still have my copy. This should definitely return to my "to read" list.

The narrator, Lucille (Lucy) Marsden, tells the story of her marriage to "Captain" Will Marsden, ostensibly the Civil War's last survivor, whom she married when she was 15 and he was 50. She also tells about her husband's experiences in the war and after, the burning of her mother-in-law's plantation by Sherman's men, and the abduction from Africa of a former Marsden slave, midwife to Lucy's nine children as well as her best friend. But this novel is less about the War Between the States than about the war between the sexes.

Historical fiction, gotta love it.
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