Lately I have been reading the novels of Ralph Peters. They include "Cain at Gettysburg," "Valley of the Shadow," and "Hell or Richmond." Every one is difficult to set down. The writing is riveting. Peters brings the battles to life. The one I have read most recently is "Hell or Richmond," which covers the Overland Campaign of 1864 in as vivid a fashion as the first two mentioned above. Now he is about to publish another novel, "The Damned of Petersburg," which I can hardly wait to read. I'm taking with me on vacation one of the mysteries set in the Civil War that Peters has written under the pen name of Owen Parry, "Faded Coat of Blue."