I Shall Be Near to You

I Shall Be Near to You

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier's letters home Rosetta doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she's always worked by her father's side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she's told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier. Rosetta trains with the men, prepares herself for war, and deals with the tension between her and Jeremiah as he comes to grips with having a fighting wife. There are many dangers to face, from the constant threat of discovery to intense battles where they fight side by side. With him, she faces the difficult realities of the Civil War, marriage, and staying true to herself. Inspired by true accounts of the more than four hundred women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is a tender love story, an exploration of gender roles and marriage, and a hard examination of war"--
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804137720
Characteristics: 304 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: McCabe, Erin Lindsay


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Mar 07, 2019

I loved this strong female character, she should have a superhero movie made about her! Fighting the Civil War disguised as a man and pregnant to boot! I am always humbled when I read about women in history because they had so few choices, so little power, and worked harder than men to have the family then keep it together. Rosetta "Ross" was a rock star, impulsive, stubborn, hard working, lover of the outdoors, she joined the Union Army to be with her husband and not be left behind to do darning and subjugated by her in-laws. She overcame more obstacles than you could think of in this action packed historical novel.

Aug 25, 2015

Easy-to-read historical fiction based on letters of a young woman who served as a Civil War soldier with her husband and neighbor boys. Laird Hunt's 'Neverhome' that I read earlier this year is similar and maybe better.

Mar 06, 2015

An emotionally charged book with memorable characters. I thought the Civil War setting was well done.

ValleyViewLibrarians Apr 08, 2014

McCabe uses evocative uncluttered prose to tell a very compelling story about love, loyalty and personal strength. Rosetta is a lively and engaging protagonist and readers will be pulled into her story as she makes one decision after another that will dictate the rest of her life. The daily drudgery of war, the absolutely horrific conditions, and the terror young soldiers felt when thrown into battle is palpable; the author clearly did her research for this book and has done a beautiful job portraying the time period. Recommended for Civil War fans and readers who enjoy a strong tale of survival, independence and nonconformity.

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