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I Shall Be Near to You

Erin Lindsay McCabe

Rosetta Wakefield doesn't want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist with the 97th New York Volunteers, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they'll be able to afford their own farm someday. Deciding her true place is with Jeremiah, Rosetta disguises herself as a man and signs up as well. Her strong will clashes with Jeremiah's while their marriage is tested by broken conventions and constant danger, and she fears discovery of her secret even as they fight for their future. McCabe's extraordinary debut is both a tender love story and a wrenching portrait of the Civil War.