Today’s Random Romance feature is Erin Lindsay McCabe’s I SHALL BE NEAR YOU—an extraordinary novel about a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight next to her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home, filled with courage, audacity, and love.
Women behind the book: Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, the oldest of nine children, worked as her father’s farmhand until financial trouble made her leave home and sign up for the Union Army. She wrote letters home that McCabe used to inspire the character of Rosetta. Along with the accounts of other female soldiers like Sarah Emma Edmonds and Jennie Hodgers, McCabe discovered that at least four hundred women are known to have fought on both sides of the Civil War.
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