April 25, 2011 In its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, CBS Sunday Morning toured the battlefield at Franklin, where 10,000 soldiers lost their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of the conflict. Their tour guide? Bestselling novelist Robert Hicks, whose debut novel, The Widow of the South, turned Carnton Mansion into a tourist destination. “Something important happened here, this place, and in all the battlefields,” Hicks told CBS. “And with the blood of those 620,000 men and boys, we really became America.” Watch the full segment here. Read Chapter 16‘s interview with Hicks here.
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