A Novel of the Civil War

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The Black Flower A Novel of the Civil War

By Howard Bahr Fourth Printing

This powerful story of a young rifleman's agony during the Battle of FRanklin in 1864 ranks with the foremost novels of the Civil War. It has already won praise for it's originality and power in the New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Southern Living and many other journals. The black flower symbolizes the rifleman's sense of doom in the misdst of Union cannons firing upon John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee. That army literally dissappears in a hail of rifle and cannon fire from the Union entrenchments. Bushrod Carter's senses record the Confederate charge and it's deadly consequences with the clarity of Michael Shaara's Killer Angels and the poetry of Stephen Vincent Benet's epic "John Brown's Body"


About Howard Bahr

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Howard Bahr teaches English at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tennessee. His first novel, "The Black Flower," was a "New York Times" Notable Book and received the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His second novel, "The Year of Jubilo," was also a "New York Times" Notable Book. He lives in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
Published April 1, 1997 by Nautical & Aviation Publishing Company of America. 267 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Bandsmen bearing wounded from the battlefield by the light of guttering torches find Bushrod (who's sustained a concussion and lost a finger) almost by chance beneath a pile of corpses, but his two best friends did not survive the engagement.

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Amidst all the powerful Civil War historical fiction of recent years, Bahr's first novel stands as a memorable story of war at its most emotional and painful.

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