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 during the trials of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain, Charlie faces the overpowering strength of the Union military and a starting to be uncertainty approximately his position within the war.Framed by way of a narrative that unearths the aged Charlie giving a speech at the 50th anniversary of the conflict of Atlanta, a far off Flame portrays love, violence, and remorse approximately fallacious paths taken. With an realization to old element that brings the earlier powerfully to the current, Philip Lee Williams finds Charlie’s trip of redemption from the Civil War’s fields of fireside to the gradual steps of outdated age.
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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. All of them were eventually sold, but it took four years. Charlie looked at the book and knew it contained statistics, stories, and family lies. During his years as a newspaperman, he had written five books and achieved considerable national fame.
It was morning, another morning. The day was a bouquet of gifts. Time was inexpressible by numbers or watches, and those numbers, by which men lived, seemed stale and vapid, for a life might be judged in the hours between starvation and violence. / know she will not come. April 19,1864 DALTON HE SNOW MELTED IN Cleburne's winter camp nine miles north of Dalton, and Charlie Merrill exulted in the warmth of late April, feeling strong, easy on his feet. Officers drilled the men, tightened discipline, worked them hard.
Out there, Marianne and Lewis were playing tag on a summer morning. That's the edge of happiness, and from there it's all worry and bother. 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.
A Distant Flame by Philip Lee Williams