Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Black Flower by Howard Bahr

This was my favorite book about the US Civil War that I've read so far this year.  It is the story of Bushrod Carter, a Confederate soldier from Mississippi who serves in General John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee.  It describes the fear and friendships that occur during wartime.  When Bushrod is wounded in the 1864 battle in Franklin, Tennessee, he is taken to a house that has been commandeered as a hospital, where he meets and is cared for by Anna.  It has that lyrical quality to the writing that I so admire and can't really describe, and it is a really good story as well.  I  rate it 5 out of 5.

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