A Distant Flame by Philip Lee Williams

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 in the course of the trials of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain, Charlie faces the overpowering strength of the Union military and a growing to be uncertainty approximately his position within the war.Framed via 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 recognition to ancient element that brings the earlier powerfully to the current, Philip Lee Williams unearths Charlie’s trip of redemption from the Civil War’s fields of fireside to the sluggish steps of outdated age.

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They saw a shudder in the plank, but it had not fallen. "Goddamn, he missed the whole plank," said Tyree. " Isaac was not afraid now, and pleased to be doing something, he handed his rifle to Bob A Distant Flame 49 Rainey and walked the crest of the ridge. Charlie lowered the Whitworth and waited. He dreamed of standing high on Rocky Face Ridge or perhaps lying down, looking into the valley below. He smiled lightly. Isaac Kennon walked rapidly back to them with the plank under his arm, a three-foot-long slat that shone dully in the morning sun.

She wore a fashionable green dress, not the high-collared affairs of her mother, but more comfortable, easier to manage with two children. She was not smiling but seemed more nettled than worried, her chestnut hair moving as she spoke. Always, Charlie recalled, she was an animated child, dancing along the hallways, running into rain with her head up, mouth open, as if she could inhale all nature. She was a force, a dimpled wind that lifted everything before it. He walked painfully to her, not showing the discomfort, of course, and he grasped her shoulders and kissed her on the cheek.

We will always give you ample ammunition. When the hexagonal rounds are available, they shall be given to you, but a cylindrical forty-five caliber will also fire. You are to kill as many of the enemy as you can. You will be killing men all day, possibly for weeks at a time. " "I will try not to mind," said Charlie. " "I have a friend named Duncan McGregor who has shared my tent since Chickamauga," said Charlie. "He is not a fine shot, but he is a A Distant Flame 35 good soldier and would amply assist me.

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