Books: Ideal Guide

NEVER CALL RETREAT by Bruce Catton. 555 pages. Doubleday. $7.50.

On May 13, 1865, one month after Appomattox, a few hundred Union soldiers fought it out with a tiny Confederate force on the Rio Grande. Those were the last shots fired in the War Between the States. But the ensuing silence did not long endure. Before the year was out, hostilities had been resumed on that bloodless battlefield where all wars, all campaigners and all causes go after they die: the history books. Today, one century later, it begins to seem possible that historians...

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