The Judas Field
A Novel of the Civil War
By Howard Bahr
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312426934, 304pp.)
Publication Date: July 24, 2007
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After returning from the Civil War, Cass Wakefield means to live out the rest of his days in his hometown in Mississippi. But when a childhood friend asks him to accompany her to Franklin, Tennessee, to recover the bodies of her father and brother from the battlefield where they died, Cass cannot refuse. As they make their way north in the company of two of Cass's brothers-in-arms, memories of the war emerge with overwhelming vividness. Before long the group has assembled on the haunted ground of Franklin, where past and present--the legacy of war and the narrow hope of redemption--will draw each of them to a painful reckoning.
Both of Howard Bahr's previous books were New York Times Notable Books. He lives in Fayetteville, Tennessee.