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Distant Flame
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Cover
  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Winter, 1864
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. July 9, 1861
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. July 22, 1914
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. April 19, 1864
  2. pp. 26-35
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  1. July 26, 1861
  2. pp. 36-42
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  1. July 22, 1914
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. April 20-May 8, 1864
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. July 27, 1861
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. July 28, 1861
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. May 8-13, 1864
  2. pp. 68-82
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  1. July 22, 1914
  2. pp. 83-87
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  1. August-September, 1861
  2. pp. 88-96
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  1. May 14-19, 1864
  2. pp. 97-115
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  1. July 22, 1914
  2. pp. 116-122
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  1. October-December 1861
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. January-March, 1862
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. May 22-31, 1864
  2. pp. 140-165
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  1. May 16, 1862
  2. pp. 166-171
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  1. June 2-26, 1864
  2. pp. 172-190
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  1. Summer and Fall, 1862
  2. pp. 191-199
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  1. July 22,1914
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. Winter, 1862-1863
  2. pp. 205-216
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  1. June 27, 1864
  2. pp. 217-225
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  1. July 22, 1914
  2. pp. 226-233
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  1. July 21-22, 1864
  2. pp. 234-250
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  1. July 23-September 1, 1864
  2. pp. 251-264
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  1. July 22, 1914
  2. pp. 265-270
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  1. July 22,1914, 5:00-5:30 P.M.
  2. pp. 271-275
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  1. July 22,1914, 5:45-6:30 P.M.
  2. pp. 276-283
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  1. July 22,1914, 6:30-9:30 P.M.
  2. pp. 284-296
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  1. July 22,1914 9:30-Midnight
  2. pp. 297-300
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  1. November 1918
  2. pp. 301-303
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. 305-309
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