A Thirst for War by Raymond Gustavson
At the start of the American Civil War, Professor John Ulysses
Martin of Clarksville, TN and his students march off to face the harsh
reality of battlefield combat. As his students die one by one, John
questions his lofty convictions and, after losing a leg at Antietam,
realizes he has made a fool of himself. He concludes that war is
nothing more than the butchery of innocents.
During his convalescence at Armory Square Hospital, John makes notes in a
pocket Bible of Yankee troops and artillery heading south for an attack
on Richmond. Caught spying, he is taken to the Old Capitol Prison to
be hanged, but manages a harrowing escape. When he reaches Richmond and
turns in his notes, General Hood realizes John s value to the war
effort and rewards him with a perilous assignment: destroy the railroad
bridge over the Cumberland River at Clarksville, TN.
Number of pages: 342