A young Confederate sharpshooter, Charlie Merrill, has already
suffered many losses in his life, but he must find a way to
endure-and to grow-if he is to survive the battles he and his
fellow soldiers face in July 1864 at the gates of Atlanta. From the
opening salvos on Rocky Face Ridge in northwest Georgia through the
trials of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain, Charlie faces the
overwhelming force of the Union army and a growing uncertainty
about his place in the war.
Framed by a story that finds the elderly Charlie giving a speech
on the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, A Distant
Flame portrays love, violence, and regret about wrong paths
taken. With an attention to historical detail that brings the past
powerfully to the present, Philip Lee Williams reveals Charlie's
journey of redemption from the Civil War's fields of fire to the
slow steps of old age.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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