An old Civil War deserter tells his story to a young man headed to WWI Europe. It's about heroism, cowardice and life after.
A young man headed for WWI talks to that odd, old man in the neighborhood for the first time. He never knew the man he and his friends picked on was in the Civil War. But the old man's story was more complicated than the usual tales of war. He and his friends had dreamed of fighting for the South. But when they arrived in camp, were told by a Confederate General they were too young. Before they could be sent home, the North attacked. The older soldiers panicked and ran, but the boys did not. The battle was intense. Their dramatic stand gave the general enough time to rally his forces to victory. But what happened to the heroic boys and why did the old man, and sole survivor, now reveal the truth to the young man in uniform?
Based loosely on a Civil War poem.