By Philip Lee Williams
A tender accomplice sharpshooter, Charlie Merrill, has already suffered many losses in his existence, yet he needs to give you the option to endure—and to grow—if he's to outlive the battles he and his fellow squaddies face in July 1864 on the gates of Atlanta. From the hole salvos on Rocky Face Ridge in northwest Georgia throughout the trials of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain, Charlie faces the overpowering strength of the Union military and a turning out to be uncertainty approximately his position within the war.Framed through a narrative that unearths the aged Charlie giving a speech at the 50th anniversary of the conflict of Atlanta, Flame portrays love, violence, and remorse approximately flawed paths taken. With an awareness to old aspect that brings the prior powerfully to the current, Philip Lee Williams finds Charlie’s trip of redemption from the Civil War’s fields of fireplace to the gradual steps of previous age.
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I have asked urgently about your character. You write letters for the men. You ask nothing. You allow others to defeat you at chess even though you are by all odds better than they are. " Charlie thought of Jack Dockery for the first time in days, of their endless matches, of laughter, kicking over a losing board, tactics and attacks. "I play chess," said Charlie. "This board here, for example," said Cleburne. " Charlie looked at the board, and in a glance could see many moves ahead, could judge feints and maneuvers.
No girl in this town would have you or me, either. Every other boy older enough to shave's off being a hero in the war, and we're just boys sitting on a front porch in the rain, you with a sick foot and me skinny as a book page. We got A Distant Flame 41 nothing to offer a girl that's she'd exchange for holding hands, much less thrashing about in a hay barn. " "It's just my opinion, sir, that some girls would like a man with a sturdy limp," said Jack. "I think it adds character. " "She has to lie.
Freezing and coughing men vomited, squatted at the edge of camp with violent diarrhea, picked lice and bedbugs. The camp's smell annoyed some of the Dalton ladies and a few of the gentler men. The hospital was full of dying men, embarrassed that they lacked wounds. One man, near death from typhoid, begged a friend to sneak him a pistol, and then blew his own brains out. C 48 PHILIP LEE WILLIAMS Little by little, their strength had returned, both in numbers and health, and the spring campaign, which would start soon, would be bloody and decisive.
A Distant Flame by Philip Lee Williams