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The widow of the south
Robert Hicks
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From Publishers' Weekly:

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

From Library Journal:

After the Civil War, as the graves of 1500 Confederate soldiers were about to be plowed over, Carrie McGavock had the bodies disinterred and reburied in her backyard. Thirty years later, she's tending her private cemetery when the soldier she fell for during the bloody Battle of Franklin returns. Nashville music publisher Hicks fictionalizes a true story; with a 15-city tour. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Carrie McGavock
Turns her plantation home into a hospital; mourning the death of several of her children and the absence of her husband.
Plantation owner

Nathan Bedford Forrest
Turns Carrie's house into a field hospital.

Zachariah Cashwell
Loses a leg in battle; sent to Carrie's makeshift hospital; falls in love with Carrie.

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