Novelist Shocked to Learn "Hundreds of Women Fought in the Civil War"

When I discovered her letters, I just couldn't believe I'd never heard of her!

Author Erin Lindsay McCabe shared this with RIFers last week: “The inspiration for I Shall Be Near to You was the Civil War letters that Rosetta Wakeman wrote home to her family while she was serving as a private in the Union Army. When I discovered her letters, I just couldn’t believe I’d never heard of her!

Then when I learned that hundreds of women fought in the Civil War, I was even more shocked. You can read more about the real Rosetta and the other women who inspired me on my website.”

I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU by ERIN LINDSAY MCCABE- Excerpt by Crown Publishing Group

 

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  • Melanie Thompson

    I am a winner! Thank you Read It Forward and Ms McCabe! I can hardly wait to receive my copy and sit in my cozy chair with a big mug of tea and delve into what appears to be a fascinating read. Again, thank you!

    • http://www.readitforward.com/ Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Our pleasure, Melanie! Sounds like you have a perfect plan. ;-)

    • Erin Lindsay McCabe

      It is such a pleasure to know you’ll be reading Rosetta’s story. I so hope you enjoy it!

  • Geri Wall

    I am a winner!!! Book sounds captivating. I never knew there were female fighters in the civil war. What a great author to bring this to light.

    • http://www.readitforward.com/ Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      I didn’t know that either until I read this book. You’re in for a real treat, Geri! Do come back and tell us what you think of the read.

    • Erin Lindsay McCabe

      Yay! I’m so excited to share the novel and Rosetta’s story with you!

  • The Book Wheel

    This sounds really interesting! I love hearing about how women were involved in situations that we think of as predominantly masculine.

  • Alice

    I love historical fiction and am excited to read this book. I have always known that women were important behind the scenes of most of our wars. Can’t wait to read it.