The Widow Of The South
ISBN: 0446500127
EAN13: 9780446500128
Language: English
Pages: 426
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 9.1" L x 6.4" W
Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Based on a true story, this debut Civil War novel follows a Southern plantation woman's journey of transforming her home into a hospital for the war.
This debut novel is based on the true story of Carrie McGavock. During the Civil War's Battle of Franklin, a five-hour bloodbath with 9,200 casualties, McGavock's home was turned into a field hospital where four generals died. For 40 years she tended the private cemetery on her property where more than 1,000 were laid to rest.

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   I have visited Franklin twice over the last few months ...
Over the last few months, I visited Franklin twice. We stumbled across the houses of Carnton and Carter and Lotz. Belle Meade also visited us. My husband and I have been influenced deeply by the stories behind these places and, since then, I have become obsessed with history. As a lifelong Tennessee resident and self-proclaimed southern debutante, I found this book incredible and could not put it down. I now read it twice and plan to give copies as gifts. This will always reside in my permanent collection. This is a must read for anyone with the slightest interest in civil war and the old South. I was moved to tears with the story of Mr Hicks and I am a faithful fan ever since. whistling Dixie and my hats off to you, Mr Hicks. Your words are Rich Southern art and I can 't wait for you to write more about Franklin and it's pure history.
   Historical novel of the battle of Franklin
Most of the characters are real people except for the romantic element of Widow's vision. Readers of the Civil War history will enjoy the detailed descriptions of battle and the outcome of individual soldiers, the surgical management of the wounded is well described to project the horror of war and the magnitude of debilitating surgery required. The relationship between the Negros, lower white and aristocracy are elements worthy of understanding as they interact in this story. The impact of such a dramatic battle on a very small community is great and allows to reflect on how this would affect our towns today if it is repeated. Hicks has done a very good job in tying together these elements for a book that has long been popular with readers of southern history.
   It is a good read for anyone interested in the history of the ...
The house and cemetery still exist and are remembered in Franklin, TN every year. It is a good read for anyone interested in the history of the Civil War, and true history should never be erased, even if the events offend some people.
   Breathtaking Narratative Based on a True Story
After speaking with a Docent at Taltree Arboretum near Valparaso, IN, I ordered this book. We were talking about a part of the garden railway landscape, which is true by the way, and she recommended this book as historical fiction based on fantastic events. I can only say WOW. This book is breath-taking. So well written and speaks to all the agonies of the civil war affecting both soldiers and ordinary people. It gracefully changes perspectives of view and the insights are incredible. I finished it just now and am looking forward to reading Hicks'apos ; next book A Separate Country, which was a best seller. I am so glad that the kind woman at Taltree told me about it, and as an avid reader I can pass the recommendation. Try your Amazon library or get a copy from a local vendor, like I did. I like to read more really good books like this so that I am a total book freak. Amazon thank you!
   Widow of the South
I don 't like reading a book that keeps going back and forth with the characters. The story was good, as I love reading about the civil war.
   Explained all the hardships of the civil war.
Living in history and interested in England, I did not know much about the civil war. This book explained how hard it was for the people concerned. The book was written very well.
   The Widow of the South
Immediately I was drawn into the story and then lost interest with too many war details. However, I read it too soon after reading The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganus. I was hoping to find something that would keep Robert Hicks'story going, which is unfair to Gurganus. This is especially true because there are outstanding parts scattered throughout the Widow of the South, and I am glad I read on the last page. My review is obviously too subjective to be of much value. I do, however, recommend the book as a beautiful example of a woman transforming from self-interest and melancholy to the fullness of a meaningful life.
   great story telling . A great history lesson. made you think about the horror of war.
Makes you think about the horror of war and the loss of families.
   Great if you enjoy historical fiction
Excellent historical fiction is accurate and historical. I carried it in my book study and everyone really raved about it. A gal arranged a trip to Franklin to visit the site.
   A must read!
The most interesting thing about a woman from the south and the hardships she endured is the. I have been to Franklin, Tn and you can almost picture what happened to her and her life a good read.