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A Distant Flame

by Williams, Philip Lee
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book
Retail Price: $14.95
Issue: Spring 2006
ISBN: 0312348479

The passage of half a century did little to remove the stain of war from the mind of Georgia native Charlie Merrill. A sharpshooter in the Confederate army, Merrill recounts battling Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his Union forces as they laid waste to much of the Peach state during the spring and summer of 1864. The 50th anniversary of the battle of Atlanta allows this fictional character the opportunity to reflect not only on the struggles he faced on the battlefield but also the uncertainties he felt toward issues such as slavery, secession, and the war itself.

review of A Distant Flame, by Williams, Philip Lee, Civil War Book Review, (Spring 2006).