The book is full of history of the Civil War and how it affected ordinary people caught up in it. I'm not a history buff like my husband but this book sounded interesting. The story takes place near Franklin,Tennesee at a plantation called Carnton during the civil war between the states based on a true story that flashes back to 1864 and the afternoon of the Battle of Franklin, five of the bloodiest hours of the war. While the battle rages on Carrie's McGavock's land, her plantation turns into a Confederate army hospital. Four generals lie dead on her back porch and a pile of amputated limbs rise as tall as her smoke house. She becomes known in later years as the Widow of the South because she tends the graves of the almost 1,500 soldiers buried there. Thousands of other soldiers, Union and Confederate, are buried all around Franklin. This book is about Carrie and how this battle affected her and her family.
My sister and her husband took the seven hour tour of Carrie's house and walked among the graves on the plantation. After reading this book I would have liked to have been with them to see it first hand. Someday I just might have to take that tour myself with my husband.