By Philip Lee Williams
A tender accomplice sharpshooter, Charlie Merrill, has already suffered many losses in his lifestyles, yet he needs to give you the chance to endure—and to grow—if he's to outlive the battles he and his fellow infantrymen face in July 1864 on the gates of Atlanta. From the outlet salvos on Rocky Face Ridge in northwest Georgia during the trials of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain, Charlie faces the overpowering strength of the Union military and a transforming into uncertainty approximately his position within the war.Framed via 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 fallacious paths taken. With an cognizance to old 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Philip Lee Williams finds Charlie’s trip of redemption from the Civil War’s fields of fireside to the sluggish steps of outdated age.
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The greatest gift is the wonder of the childlike. Catherine stared at her father through a blur of tears that she quickly wiped away while his back was turned to her. All her life, he had been speaking this way, perhaps damaged by an unseen misfortune, a captive to his mulling, a man whose columns in the Eagle had been reprinted all over America for two decades. Now he had chosen silence, and the soul he had sought to repair through words was complete or not reparable. She loved him enormously, thought of his death, felt she could not bear it.
Mr. " "You're a tease, Papa. Stop with the evolution stuff. " "I believe in God and Charles Darwin. And men of good will believe with their hearts in war. Science, death, religion—everything fits, 46 PHILIP LEE WILLIAMS Cath. Revenge, murder, blood sacrifice—it's all part of a great myth we carve to remind us that we have been alive. But what if this is all some fever dream of a giant? " "I think I feel an oration coming on," said Cath. For the first time since she'd come in the door, she felt better.
Russell. The flyleaf had grown the brown speckles of an old man's hands. President Garfield, in his engraved portrait, looked bored or even petulant, face hidden in a beard that was now lost to fashion. After Lincoln, it seemed American presidents were doomed to violent deaths. The library smelled of leather and dust, mostly history and biography. His tastes ran to Greece and Rome, to the early years of the Great Republic. On his desk lay a familiar oversized book: Merrill's History of Branton County, which had been struck in an edition of three hundred.