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A Scythe of Fire:
Every war redefines hell. A Scythe of Fire by Warren Wilkinson and Steven E. Woodworth follows the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment on its journey through the particular underworld of the American Civil War. The Eighth Georgia Infantry, one of the Confederacy's most fabled units, fought at both battles of Bull Run, as well as at Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, the Battle of the Wilderness, and Gettysburg, where it suffered a 55 percent casualty rate. The regiment, born of idealism, disbanded, disillusioned and embittered. (More than a few soldiers defected to the Union side.) A Scythe of Fire may be too overwrought ("Now, as autumn began to paint ... the Blue Ridge in scarlets and yellows, the tide of Confederate success ebbed away for a season.") and far too detailed and singly focused to hold the interest of the general reader. Many Civil War buffs, on the other hand, will find this a welcome addition to their libraries. --H. O'Billovitch [via]