Set in New Orleans in the years after the Civil War, A Separate
Country is based on the incredible life of John Bell Hood, arguably
one of the most controversial generals of the Confederate Army, and one of its
most tragic figures. Robert E. Lee promoted him to major general after the
Battle of Antietam, but the Civil War would mark him forever. At Gettysburg, he
lost the use of his left arm. At the Battle of Chickamauga, his right leg was
amputated. Starting fresh after the war, he married Anna Marie Hennen and
fathered eleven children with her, including three sets of twins. But fate had
other plans. Crippled by his war wounds and defeat, ravaged by financial
misfortune, Hood had one last foe to battle: yellow fever.
Country is the heartrending story of a good man who struggled with his inability
to admit his failures, and the story of those who transformed him when they taught
him to love and to be loved.
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