Confederate Lieutenant Anderson Blanks has grown weary of the War
Between the States. He is all too aware of the tenuous thread that
ties him to this earth -- as he writes a letter home to his sister,
he realizes he may be among the dead by the time she receives the
missive. His melancholy mood is shared by other soldiers in the
campsite; in the cool Virginia night, the pickets claim to hear
ghosts in the woods, and their own talk spooks them.
Andy knows the "ghost" is nothing more than a wounded soldier left
on the battlefield, dying in the darkness. With compassion, Andy
takes the picket's lantern and canteen in the hopes of easing the
soldier's pain. After a tense confrontation with the soldier, Andy
is shocked to discover none other than Samuel Talley, a young man
Andy's father had chased from their plantation when the romantic
relationship between the two boys came to light. The last time the
two had seen each other, Sam had been heading west to seek his
fortune, and had promised to send for Andy when he could.
Then the war broke out, and Andy had enlisted in the Confederate
Army to help ease the financial burden at home. Apparently Sam had
similar ideas -- he now wears the blue coat of a Union solider.
Sam is severely wounded and infection has begun to set in. Andy
can't sneak him into his own camp for treatment because all Union
soldiers are taken prisoner. But Andy's Confederate uniform
prevents him from seeking help from the nearby Union camp, as well.
It's up to Andy to tend his lover's wound and get Sam the help he
needs before it's too late ... and before Andy's compatriots
discover Sam's presence.
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J. M. Snyder
||203 x 133 x 8mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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