The Black Flower Analysis

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The Black Flower The Black Flower was written by Howard Bahr and published in June in the year of 1997. Howard Bahr, a native of Oxford, Mississippi, teaches English at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee. He has written many short stories, essays, and articles, many of which deal with the American Civil War.
The Black Flower is a novel of the American Civil War, which tells the story of three confederate soldiers. The story begins with Bushrod Carter, a twenty-six year old soldier from Mississippi, dreaming that it is snowing and that the ground is covered in hoe cakes drenched in molasses. Bushrod then pulls away from his ranks to eat a hoe cake off of the ground, but before he can take his first bite he is awakened by General Patrick Cleburne. General Patrick Cleburne continues to wake up the rest of Bushrod’s sleeping colleagues, including Jack Bishop and Virgil C. Johnson. Bushrod and his colleagues prepare to fight a significant battle in Franklin, Tennessee. The troops arrive at the McGavock house, a two story brick house located in Franklin, Tennessee. Within the McGavock house lives John and Caroline McGavock, their children Winder and Hattie, and their cousin Anna Hereford. Anna is a twenty-four year old unmarried woman who had been sent by her father to help Caroline care for the children.
A scout approaches the McGavock house to ask John McGavock if the Confederate Army may use his house as a base while the Battle of Franklin wages on. This means that the McGavock house will now be filled with dead, dying, and injured soldiers whom John and his family must care for as best as they can. The main caretakers of the soldiers at the McGavock house are Caroline, Anna, and occasionally the children. Along with the McGavocks there are also officers and others to help, including two surgeons.
Before the battle even begins, Virgil C. Johnson is accidentally shot in the back of the head by Nebo Gloster, a young confederate soldier who is not used to working guns. Jack and Bushrod are devasted by the loss of their companion, but are hurried off into battle without having time to properly grieve. The soldiers are split up and sent into battle where Bushrod

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