By Philip Lee Williams
A tender accomplice sharpshooter, Charlie Merrill, has already suffered many losses in his lifestyles, yet he needs to be able 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 outlet 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 reveals the aged Charlie giving a speech at the 50th anniversary of the conflict of Atlanta, Flame portrays love, violence, and remorse approximately incorrect paths taken. With an awareness to ancient aspect that brings the previous powerfully to the current, Philip Lee Williams finds Charlie’s trip of redemption from the Civil War’s fields of fireplace to the sluggish steps of previous age.
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This day, there had been a grand review of Johnston's entire army, forty thousand men with a snap in their stride. General Patrick Cleburne rode at the head of his seven thousand men, who marched with their own battle flag. Ladies from Dalton came out and fluttered handkerchiefs at the dazzling movement, the boys sharp in butternut and gray, most with shoes, and all well fed and rested. Johnston had been pleased, but behind his smile, the small, neat general, almost a dandy, knew a force of Yankees more than twice the size of his army was no more than twenty miles north.
They attended Mr. Marker's School, an academy in a once-fine house on South Main Street. The schoolroom, for boys and girls, was overheated in winter by a potbellied stove, and pleasant in spring and fall with its tall windows thrown open to a cross breeze. Jack was as excellent at mathematics as Charlie was poor. Charlie watched the rain and thought of the picnic that ended school in the spring. He had found himself standing near Susan Meadows beneath the limp whips of a willow tree in the academy's side yard.
Are you wanting more coffee, Mr. " Mrs. Knight asked. She loomed in the doorway wiping her hands on a damp cloth, emitting the odor of breakfast and Rinse-O-Brite. "You ate next to nothing and on a day you're to give a big speech. " T 22 PHILIP LEE WILLIAMS "No what? No, you don't want no more coffee, or no, you ain't working on your speech? I hear Mr. Avery's going to wire your speech to the Atlanta papers, and it might even be in the papers up north, and you are standing here watching the sun come up and not eating nothing of the fine breakfast I fixed for you.
A Distant Flame by Philip Lee Williams