Widow of the South Book Summary and Study Guide

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The U.S. Civil War is in its latter days when General Nathan Forrest forces his way into Carrie McGavock's home and orders it turned into a hospital. Carrie, her children, Mariah, the slave given to her as a child, and local residents act as nurses and orderlies. Carrie's husband John is rarely around. He is busy trying to keep their plantation operating without their slaves, whom he sent further to the south when the war drew closer.
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Relationships develop between caregivers and patients, espacially between Carrie and Confederate Sergeant Zachariah Cashwell. He comes into the hospital with a leg wound which becomes infected. Carrie orders the doctors to remove his leg. Cashwell argues against it, but Carrie prevails. Cashwell wants to die. Carrie comforts him.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, Civil Lover is    -   physically ill/deformed

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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