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.”
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About the Author
ERIN LINDSAY McCABE studied Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, and taught high school English before completing her MFA at St. Mary’s College of California in 2010. She has taught Composition at St. Mary’s and Butte College and resides in Northern California with her husband and son and a small menagerie that includes one dog, four cats, two horses, ten chickens, and two goats.