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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

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Gurganus, Allan(1989)
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

This is the sometimes hilarious, but more often sorrowful, oral memoir of Lucy Marsden, who, as a young girl, married an old veteran many years after his service in the Civil War. Lucy indeed tells all: exactly what it's like to be married to an old man who can not give up the past. "Captain" Marsden (a boy private promoted in the Southern tradition by old age) drinks, abuses and neglects his family to the extreme, and endlessly reminisces about the war. Epic in its proportions, impressive (if not entirely historically likely) in its characterizations, this book is an unforgettable reading experience.

Reviewed by Jim B., Main Library

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