Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

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Ballantine Books, 1990 - Fiction - 875 pages
11 Reviews
"Exuberant...Unforgettable."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Lucy Marsden, is narrowing in on her 100th birthday. She had been married to her husband William More Marsden since she was fifteen. But Willie, a veteran of the Civil War, never recovered from his youthful foray into battle, and more importantly, the loss of his closest friend. And the stories Lucy has to tell of the war, Willie, her life with him, and the tales she heard from his one-time slave Castalia, call to mind a time and a place, a history and a legacy that is not soon forgotten, and a call to justice that never should be.
"An old-fashioned book-lover's novel."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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User Review  - lamour - LibraryThing

Lucy at the age of 15 marries Capt Marsden, a 50 year old Confederate veteran of the Civil War. He proceeds to get her pregnant continually for years until she has nine children. He is a traveling ... Read full review

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User Review  - IreneF - LibraryThing

I struggled through 210 pages of this 718-page doorstop before calling it quits. An aging child-soldier marries a blonde child-bride, a reflection of the towheaded boyhood pal killed during the Civil ... Read full review

Contents

Fight Song
3
After Appomattox
21
The Tailor and the Leg
68
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Allan Gurganus's The Practical Heart (0-679-43763-0) will be published by Knopf in August 2001. He lives in North Carolina.


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