History is alive in this on-the-scene fictionalized report of the unique battle of New Market in which the young cadets of V.M.I. overpowered a surprised ankee force. Three cadets (Jack Wythe, impulsive and thirsty for battle; Charles ibboney, Jack's loyal friend and follower--to a point; Horse Erskine, an older cadet, considered a coward by Wythe) are convincingly portrayed and developed by the author. Mr. Davis proves his ability here to create and sustain a mood of tension, to analyze character logically through events which the three cadets interpret in their various ways. An outstanding book with an unusual perspective on war, it is carefully written and plotted.