Phyllis Fenner maintains the excellence of her previous collections in her latest anthology. This time she has selected a dozen short fictional accounts of the War between the States to tell of the misery of conflict on the battlefield. The bloody story of this war without anesthesia is told with compassion by great American writers. Varied in approach, powerful and stirring in concept here are episodes and insights from the historical mother lode which provided The Blue and The Grey. There are everyday heroes here -- Richard E. Danielson's ""Corporal Hardy"", the stubborn boy who faced death to bury his captain and MacKinlay Kantor's portrait of a frightened lad hiding beneath a sofa while Lee signed acceptance terms. Young readers will find a truthful presentation of the Civil War and the people who lived and died then in this commendable book. What could be more ""fitting and proper"" than Carl Sandburg, Stephen Vincent Benet, MacKinlay Kantor and Thomas Bailey Aldrich tolling the hymn of the war in which America sustained her greatest losses?