Friday, September 25, 2009
Widow of the South
The 2nd Battle of Franklin, was the deadliest of the Civil War. 2,500 Northern casualties, and 6,700 Confederate casualties.
The Widow of the South tells the story of that day and subsequent events. The McGavock plantation was seized as a hospital, where hundreds were cared for and buried. Already devastated by the loss of three of her children, Carrie McGavock is thrust into the middle of the dead and dying. She devotes the rest of her life writing letters to the relatives and tending the graves of more than 1,500 fallen.
It's a fascinating story, heartbreaking, but a testimony to a woman's strength.
I shed many a tear, but that's criteria for a good read in my estimation.