Civil War Institute
This is not a love story ready-made for Hollywood. Rather, it is one more suited for a Shakespearean tragedy. Two newlyweds, on the day after their marriage, were separated by the call for troops in Mr. Lincoln’s War. As was true of so many Civil War couples, only one would survive the war. While you may be thinking to yourself that you’ve heard this story before (and perhaps many of you have), the tale of these two star-crossed lovers does not fit the typical narrative behind the vacant chair. [excerpt]
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Lauck, Jeffrey L., "A Soldier and his Nurse: The Star-Crossed Tragedy of Frank and Arabella Barlow" (2016). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 123.