Action at Aquila

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Allen, Hervey. Action at Aquila. New York: Farrar & Rinehart on Murray Hill, 1938. Out of print.

Union Colonel Nathaniel Franklin flinches at burning the Confederate officer Crittenden's house during the Shenandoah campaign. As the campaign winds its way through many adventures towards the title battle, Franklin realizes he is in love with Mrs. Crittenden, the officer's widow.

An overblown, largely sentimental novel with a shifting narrative perspective. A key dynamic is Franklin's befriending of young men on both sides -- who eventually die in each other's arms.

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