10 best novels about the US Civil War

9. "The Widow of the South," by Robert Hicks

Civil War buff Robert Hicks based his 2005 novel on the true story of a Confederate woman who devoted herself to giving Southern soldiers a proper burial – in her own backyard. The novel begins in 1894 when, the protagonist, Carrie McGavock, is an elderly woman. An equally elderly soldier – who turns out to be her lost love – shows up at her door and asks if he too can be buried in her personal graveyard.

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