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Civil War Ghosts
     

Civil War Ghosts

by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor), Frank D. McSherry (Editor), Charles Waugh (Editor)
 
A Union Lieutenant keeps his promise to return to his sweetheart in Brooklyn and waltz to "The Blue Danube," even in death. In rural Virginia, a group of privileged pranksters suffer for dismissing the legend of the ghost who guards a Confederate shot tower. In a small town in South Carolina, a washer woman goes mad when she hears an army of the dead march through the

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A Union Lieutenant keeps his promise to return to his sweetheart in Brooklyn and waltz to "The Blue Danube," even in death. In rural Virginia, a group of privileged pranksters suffer for dismissing the legend of the ghost who guards a Confederate shot tower. In a small town in South Carolina, a washer woman goes mad when she hears an army of the dead march through the streets night after night, at the stroke of midnight. After a war where passions were so intense, where so many died before they could finish the business of living, is it any wonder that stories of ghosts persist 130 years later? Some of these stories were written at the time of the Civil War, and some decades later. They vary from the interior horror of Ambrose Bierce's “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” to the deceptively nostalgic tone of Mary Elizabeth Councilman's “Shot-Tower Ghost.” Some center on Union soldiers, others on Confederates. But what unifies these stories is the horror of the losses we sustained, a horror that cannot be measured in numbers or dollars but can only be conveyed in the language of our nation's imagination.

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School Library Journal
YA-- This collection of fictional sightings creates the potential for a few nightmares a la Stephen King. Each of the eight stories is varied in plot and style, and is guaranteed to raise some hairs on the back of the neck. From ``Miranda,'' who lures unsuspecting Yankee soldiers to her decaying mansion, to the romance of ``The Last Waltz,'' the book will draw readers into the time period of the Civil War. The chilling novella ``Fearful Rock'' includes murderous spirits and corpses leaving their skins to walk the Earth each night. The only drawback is the uninviting cover art. --Paula Hollis Grundset, Pohick Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874831733
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.67(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
8 - 18 Years

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