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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Bahr Narrator: Brian Emerson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At twenty-six, Bushrod Carter is already an old soldier, a veteran of all his regiment’s campaigns since Shiloh. Now, on an Indian summer afternoon in 1864, Bushrod finds himself in the line of battle once again, on a plain below the obscure village of Franklin, Tennessee. In the madness and violence of the great battle, he must confront his soul and learn from his comrades as well as from a young girl struggling with her own harsh past.

This timeless portrait of a young man’s suffering in war has won praise for its originality and power. The Black Flower is a story not only of war but of men and women seeking redemption. Stripped of all that anchors them, they at last turn to honor, courage, and love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[The] descriptive imagery…captures the sight, smell, touch, sound, and taste of war, and the use of detailed character development…reveals the emotional and mental perspectives of the young, battle-fatigued Confederate soldiers….An excellent novel.”


  • “Bahr’s blend of historical fact with gut-wrenching emotion has produced a riveting novel of the Civil War, a frighteningly realistic portrait of men and women caught in an awfulness beyond their control.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An impressive debut…haunting…A bleakly effective and economical account of men and women caught up in a bestial conflict.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “I recommend it highly.”

    Shelby Foote, author of The Civil War Trilogy 

  • “I finished it in one long draught, thinking as I read of Crane, Hemingway, Mailer, and Faulkner...but realizing at the end that it was altogether original.”

    Ernest B. Furgurson, author of Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War

  • Winner of the 1998 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julie | 2/13/2014

    " A glimpse of the horrific battle of Franklin during the War of Northern Aggression. I had recently read Widow of the South which covers the same battle but this book was much better. It was beautifully written and haunting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bob | 2/6/2014

    " To me this book was so well written... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charles Cummings | 2/4/2014

    " It is a fiction book dealing with the Battle of Franklin (1864). Dark and yet captivating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Annette | 2/2/2014

    " Just as good as Cold Mountain if not better (!) "

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About the Author
Author Howard Bahr

Howard Bahr, a native of Oxford, Mississippi, teaches English at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee. He is the author of numerous essays, articles, and short stories, many of which deal with the American Civil War.