The Widow of the South Author:Robert Hicks Based on an extraordinary true story, this brilliant, meticulously researched novel flashes back to 1864 and the afternoon of the Battle of Franklin, five of the bloodiest hours of the Civil War. While the fierce fighting rages on Carrie's land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital; four generals lie dead on her back porch; ... more »the pile of amputated limbs rises as tall as the smoke house. But when a wounded soldier named Zachariah Cashwell arrives at her house, he awakens feelings she had thought long dead -- and inspires a passion as powerful and unforgettable as the war that consumes a nation.« less
This is historical fiction at its best. The book is about true events in the life of heroine, Carrie McGavock, of Carnton Plantation in Franklin Tennessee, which was taken over for a field hospital during the civil war battles fought there in 1894. Carrie Mcgavock first tended the dying and then buried over 1500 of the unclaimed bodies of soldiers who died there. She kept a book with the names of the dead, had tombstones made for them and maintained the cemetary for the rest of her life. It is now a National Cemetary - the only private one in the country. This book is totally engrossing and includes photos. I recommend it highly.