1863 was the year of Grierson's Raid, cutting the railroad and supply lines to Vicksburg in readiness for Grant's final drive. Its success meant the difference between quick capture or a long siege. Scott Hazen, Mississippian and longing for vengeance against those who drove him from home, is chief scout and learns that revenge and duty cannot mix. Companioned by Texan Gene, he follows orders, fitting them to his plans, and is pushed to prevent the destruction of the raiding party. In gun cocking tradition rather than historical adventure. Spanking.