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Smoke and Stone by Ron  Wallace
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Feb 23, 08

Recommended to Ken by: I saw it on and purchased it from
Recommended for: Anyone interested in the history of our country

This is a unique new perspective on the shelves of Gettysburg readers that uses poetry as the vehical to take the reader into the minds of the men who fought this momentous, horrendous bloodbath. Using the the marble angel on the top of Cemetery Ridge as the focal figure in this epic story, Wallace delves into the hearts and minds of all types of characters, from Lee and Longstreet down to Billy Musgrove (a fictional foot soldier), letting the reader see the battle, the impossible assignments, the carnage and the grief generated by the Gettysburg conflagration. Not an epic presentation that goes on and on,this is a collection of relatively brief insightful poems, each one a vignette of one moment in the chaos and confusion of the Confederate debacle at Gettysburg.
Fascinating new rendition of a story veteran Gettysburg enthusiasts thought they knew.

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