by Sarah Bird
Reviewed by Janet:From slave to Buffalo Soldier, this novel sweeps the reader along on an adventure of determination and survival, from the last year of the Civil War to the late 1860s. After her master’s plantation is burned by General Phillip Henry Sheridan and the slaves liberated, Cathy Williams becomes assistant to the general’s army cook. Dressed as a man for her own safety, Cathy listens to her dead grandmother’s wisdom as she navigates this dangerous world. Based on the true story of Private Williams, this is an incredible tale of a captive’s search for independence and respect.