Liberty Street: A Novel of Late Civil War Savannah
Can women find love during the Civil War? It is early December 1864. General William Tecumseh Sherman and his 60,000-man army have reached the outskirts of Savannah. Savannah’s citizens know Sherman burned Atlanta and that his army devastated much of Georgia in its march to the sea.
What will be Savannah’s fate? The question weighs heavily on Abigale Tate, 24, who has lost her father and husband in the Civil War. She is despondent and cynical. To the annoyance of her young sister, she often plays Chopin’s Funeral March on the piano. Her Negro servant Polly offers a remedy: “You need to come to church with me this Sunday, hear our Reverend Simms. His sermon will make you feel better. He’s got powerful speaking, he does. “Abigale attends Polly’s church and meets Reverend Rufus Simms, a free colored and like no other man she’s ever encountered. Simms manages to relieve her melancholy and they soon develop a relationship. Thus begins Liberty Street, a complex love story set against the historical backdrop of late Civil War Savannah. Can women find love during the Civil War? For Abigale Tate and her family, the answer is the story of Liberty Street.