1862 Virginia: A beautiful Civil War nurse . . . from the future
Posted by Jina Bacarr
Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.In the excerpt here, you’ll meet my hero, Major Flynt Stephens, a Union Army physician. What he doesn’t know is that soon after this scene he’ll meet up with a very unusual soldier–a beautiful woman who nurses the wounded and who happens to be from the future . . .
Here’s is a short excerpt from my story:
Major Flynt Stephens hated this time of day. Soon twilight would descend over the white hospital tent like a greedy devil waiting to claim the men he couldn’t save. For hours he’d labored on the wounded, his hands cutting, sawing, suturing, his skill desperately needed to put these men back together, God willing. The long line of wounded and dying hadn’t stopped since the shooting ended. A new patient was brought in every few minutes and laid down on the blood stained operating table—a door ripped from its hinges and laid across two barrels. His eyes narrowed. Surely, there’d be an end to it. And if there wasn’t? Could he go on?
Yes. As long as I can still see by candlelight.
He continued his work, cutting away a soldier’s bloodied sleeve, stripping away the ripped fabric, pieces of skin sticking to it. Frustration stretching his nerves taut, he dug his fingers into the wound, afraid of what he’d find.
The incessant, loud flapping of the red flag outside the tent echoed in his ears as he worked on his patient. Ghostly sounds taunting him, whispering to him that the souls of these brave men had moved on to a better place.
Leaving their shattered, torn bodies behind.
He wondered if the poor bastards weren’t better off, far away from this rotten hellhole of pain and suffering. Here, they could still feel the pain.
But not this boy.
Saying a silent prayer, Flynt closed the young private’s eyelids. He was at peace now. The boy wasn’t more than seventeen. His abdomen split open by a screaming minié ball, a deadly bullet that a soldier could load quickly in his rifle and fire accurately. It gave warfare a whole new meaning that sickened him. He’d been shot more than once, the boy’s right arm shattered, a bone in his right leg splintered by the lead. Infection had set in, probably from skin and dirt and bits of clothing the bullet carried into the wound.
He laid aside the small bowl containing the pain killing morphine used to dust into wounds. He wouldn’t need it now. The boy was lucky he was spared the horror of losing both an arm and a leg. He’d been brought in too late to be saved. That made Flynt angry. So many young lives taken.
He shook his head in disgust. The survival rate dropped to half so long after a battle ended. Still, from early daylight till dark, he worked to put together what other men ripped apart with their cannonballs and lead bullets.
During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . . forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama.
That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Check out the first episode “The New Nurse” online streaming video!
I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.
The men they love.
Do they get their men?
Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…
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She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
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