An eighteen-year-old English girl finds her loyalties divided and all her resources tested as she and her friends experience the terrible physical and emotional hardships of the forty-seven day siege of Vicksburg in the spring of 1863.
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I decided to read 'The Tamarack Tree' because it was written by Patricia Clapp, the author of 'Constance'; my very favorite book in the world. Patricia Clapp did not let me down! I absolutely loved 'The Tamarack Tree'! Charming characters, realistic details, and an interesting historical setting made this book good to the very last drop. It tells the story of Rosemary Leigh, who moves to Vicksburg, Mississippi from London, England with her older brother, Derek, after the death of their mother. In Mississippi, and the rest of the Deep South, it is a time of wealthy cotton plantations, lazy hours spent relaxing in the heat of the afternoon, parties, and storybook life of contentment. All this changes, however, with the start of the Civil War. Rosemary herself believes that slavery is wrong, but has a great deal of loyalty and love for the gentle Southerners who befriended her and welcomed her into their society. The war seems distant and almost unreal to Rosemarie until it comes...
Imagine a world where all your dreams come true. This is how Rosemary, the main character in "The Tamarack Tree," thought life in America would be when she was sent from England. But what if all your dreams were nightmares? What if you lived in a world where war was a natural occurrence? This is Rosemary's world in the United States during the Civil War. She and her brother Derek are trapped in a world of hate, slavery, and misunderstanding. The following is an example of this misunderstanding: " Rosemary, you haven't changed, have you?" " I must have. In some ways I must have." " But you are still Rosemary Leigh, the very beautiful English girl who could not say where her heart belonged in this war. The girl whose beliefs were with the North, and whose affections were with the South. The stormy girl who accused me of coming back to fight the friends I had made in Vicksburg. I have not fired one shot at Vicksburg, Rosemary, and very few at any place else. I am a cartographer- a...
Patricia Clapp's The Tamarack Tree is the story of a young girl's struggle to survive the seige of Vicksburg during the American Civil War. Following the death of her mother, Rosemary Leigh leaves her home in London to live with her brother Derek and Uncle Will in antebellum Vicksburg. There she becomes friends with many of the residents, including Mary Byrd Blair, the pampered daughter of a plantation owner. She also forms close relationships with Amanda, the free black housekeeper, and Amanda's husband and daughter. When the Civil War erupts, Rosemary is forced to reconcile her own personal hatred of slavery with the friendship and loyalty she feels for her Southern friends. The text of The Tamarack Tree is well-written. The story progresses through a series of flashbacks, as well scenes from Rosemary's current life. These flashbacks help to show the fear and horror of war, as well as its effects on Rosemary and her friends. The happy days when she first arrives in...
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