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The Widow of the South
The Widow of the South
Author: Robert Hicks
In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman, an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her companyalong with the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years ago, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and buried them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the ro...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780446697439
ISBN-10: 0446697435
Publication Date: 9/26/2006
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 169 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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nurse avatar reviewed The Widow of the South on + 217 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 16
A Woman living in Tennessee has her house taken over by confederate soldiers for a hospital.She becomes very fond of one of the soldiers whom has lost his leg and requires much care.She has already lost three children. How much more suffering can she bare? She finds new found strength in caring for the many casualties of the civil war and seeing that they get a proper burial. This story in many respects is true regarding the place,the widow and the civil war battle. This is a great piece of history.
reviewed The Widow of the South on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 14
I consider this the best historical book I have ever read. And it gave me a whole new outlook on the civil war. It is also a fabulous book for genealogists, which is how I got interested in it. F.Wilson (FeeGee)
deniseann avatar reviewed The Widow of the South on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Absolutely great read about a little known battle of the Civil War. The description of the battle and the aftermath -- the realization that this battle was absolute suicide on the confederate's part; the house and family was comandeered and turned into a field hospital/morgue fascinated me. The romantic aspect as well as Carrie's "depression" over her dead child was conjecture by the author and not quite believeable, but it does help bring the characters to life. What this woman went through and what she accmplished in her lifetime is truly inspiring
yongatheart avatar reviewed The Widow of the South on + 81 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
I loved this book. I found that having visited the site in Franklin TN had its advantages as I read this book and knew where the action took place. I doubt that this book is faithful to the woman but it is faithful to the battle which is woefully neglected in history classes. You will enjoy this book and I recommend any other books you find about this infamous battle.
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Helpful Score: 8
I really enjoyed this book. It hit a slow spot about three quarters point, but it was definitely worth pushing on through to the end. It was a well told historical novel, with fascinating characterizations and a very refined prose style. I would recommend this book.
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