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Oldest living Confederate widow tells all
Allan Gurganus
Adult Fiction GURGANU

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Summary: "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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main characters Lucille "Lucy" Marsden
Female
Age: 99
Widow
Married her husband, a Civil War veteran, at the age of 15 and he was 50; her husband was permanently traumatized by the events he witnessed; reminisced about the conflict and collected weapons to memorialize it; her mother-in-law's plantation was burned to the ground by Sherman's men; her midwife to her nine children was a slave abducted from Africa.



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