At a glance:
- Author: John Calvin Batchelor
- First Published: 1985
- Type of Work: Historical novel
- Time of Work: 1855-1865
- Setting: New York; Washington, D.C.; Sea Island, Georgia; Niagara Falls, New York
- Characters: John Cross Oliphant, Narcissa Royall Winwood, Captain Amaziah Butter, Bridey Lamont, Gouverneur Nevers
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Locales: United States, New York, Georgia, Washington, D.C., North America, Niagara Falls, NY
For nearly thirty years after the surrender at Appomattox, the American Civil War was notable in American fiction mainly for its absence. Memoirs, diaries, and regimental histories began to appear before the ink on the treaty was dry, but no Lev Tolstoy emerged to immortalize the torn consciences and crippled psyches of the men on the battlefield and the women who fought beside them, tended the wounded, or waited at home. Men who had fought were unwilling or unable to use their experiences in novels; authors who had not—such as William Dean Howells and Henry James—were...
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