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          THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH
                      ROBERT HICKS

We don't often hear too much about the Civil War Battle of Franklin in Tennessee.  It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war. There were 9200 casualties.   A good portion of this book is dedicated to this battle and the author gives us detailed information as to what happened that day.

Carrie McGavock is taking care of the family plantation.  She has mourned over the death of three of her children.  Her husband is away fighting for the confederacy.  After the Battle of Franklin, her home and plantation were turned into a field hospital to help care for the wounded.  Thousands of these soldiers were buried near the plantation. 

Carrie did something very extraordinary.  When a neighbor decided to plow the field where these men were buried, Carrie with the help of a few other people dug up the approximately 1,500 soldiers and buried them in her own personal cemetery.  Carrie was steadfast at keeping precise records of each person buried in the cemetery. 

What happens when an old soldier returns to pay a visit to Carrie?

This historical novel is based on a true story.  The author does an excellent job of bringing the Battle of Franklin to the attention of us who were not familiar with it.  Apparently, this battle was an important part of the Civil War and many people never heard of it.  The book is well written and very moving.  The author does an outstanding job of paying tribute to Carrie for the unbelievable task she performed and the courage needed to complete it.  This book is highly recommended.  You don't have to be a Civil War enthusiast to enjoy this book.  All readers will enjoy this heart-warming story. 

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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