A Gathering of Light
Copyright 2010 Patricia Iles
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I dedicate this labor of love to my own true love: my husband of over 25 years. Thank you for being the rock of my world.
Thank you to my two grown sons, for being proud of their mom, and to the dear friends who supported and encouraged me through the process. My special thanks to Holly F., for reading my rough draft and telling me I had a story here.
Last, but maybe most important of all: thank you to that Southern teenager, circa 1863, whose experience inspired me to want to give her a different outcome to her personal tragedy.
May 6th, 1864--Wilderness of Spotsylvania, Virginia
The sun was about to set; it was already below the treetops in the dense woods. Twenty-three year old Lieutenant Hixson Matthew Morris lay in a tangle of brush. He was at the far left flank of the Union’s position on the battlefield.