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Author of Civil War book to appear Nov. 14 at library

November 02, 2006

Robert Hicks, author of "Widow of the South," will be at Washington County Free Library at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

"Widow of the South" is a fictional account of a real, but relatively unknown, Civil War battle that took place Nov. 30, 1864, in Franklin, Tenn.

The battle is recounted through alternating points of view as told by witnesses. Before the battle begins, Carrie McGavock's house is commandeered as a field hospital. By the end of the battle, 9,000 Confederate and Union soldiers perished.

Thousands of Confederates were buried in a field near the McGavock plantation. Carrie and her husband, John, eventually reburied on their own land 1,481 Confederate soldiers who were killed at Franklin. The bodies were disturbed when the family that owned the land on which the original shallow graves were dug decided to plow it under and put it into cultivation.

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Carrie McGavock took it upon herself to grieve the loss of the soldiers as she buried the bodies and maintained the cemetery throughout her lifetime to honor and keep their memory alive.

A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for purchase.

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