Miss Mary Margaret Marries a Yankee is based on a true story of the last Union General at Van Buren, Arkansas who eloped with the daughter of a prominent Confederate family. Their love story is told against the background of the last year of the Civil War in Arkansas. Mary Margaret, known as Maggie to her friends is conflicted between the love for this man, who was considered by most to be an enemy, and her belief in the Confederacy. Maggie tells their story in the first person with humor and insight after forty years of marriage.
Mary Frances Hodges has both a Bachelor’s in both English and History, and Master ’s degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has been a classroom teacher for over forty years. She has spoken at national conferences and seminars on the Teaching of Writing.. After twenty years of teaching in the Department of Rhetoric Writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock , she retired. Currently she is teaching at colleges in the Central Arkansas area. She is the author of numerous published articles, plus has several entries in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.. She is also the author of two books that deal with Arkansas History. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.