A Distant Flame

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Macmillan, Sep 1, 2004 - Fiction - 309 pages
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In the spring of 1864, the Confederate Army in Georgia is faced with the onrushing storm of General William T. Sherman's troops. A young sharpshooter for the South, Charlie Merrill, who has suffered many losses in his life already, must find a way to endure---and grow---if he is to survive the battles that will culminate in July at the gates of Atlanta.

From the opening salvos on Rocky Face Ridge near Dalton, through the trials of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain, Charlie must face the overwhelming force of the Federal army and a growing uncertainty about his place in the war.

Never before has the Atlanta Campaign been rendered---in all its swift and terrible action---with such attention to history or with writing that reaches the level of art. This crucial episode in the Civil War's western theater comes alive with unexcelled power and drama as it unfolds in soldiers' hands and hearts.

Throughout the course of the novel, Charlie's life is laid out in powerful detail. The experiences from his childhood, through the war, and into his twilight years are to a great extent on his mind half a century later when he is to give a major speech in the park of his small Georgia town

A Distant Flame is a book about the cost of war and the running conflict that led Sherman's Army to the Battle of Atlanta---and the March to the Sea. It stands as a testament to love, dedication, and growth, from the Civil War's fields of fire to the slow steps of old age.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
16
Section 4
21
Section 5
26
Section 6
36
Section 7
43
Section 8
47
Section 18
140
Section 19
166
Section 20
172
Section 21
191
Section 22
200
Section 23
217
Section 24
226
Section 25
234

Section 9
59
Section 10
63
Section 11
68
Section 12
83
Section 13
88
Section 14
97
Section 15
116
Section 16
123
Section 17
131
Section 26
251
Section 27
265
Section 28
271
Section 29
276
Section 30
284
Section 31
297
Section 32
301
Section 33
305
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About the author (2004)

Philip Lee Williams is the author of eleven published books, including eight novels, two works of nonfiction, and a chapbook. He lives in Watkinsville, Georgia, and teaches creative writing at the University of Georgia.

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