Michael Livingston does in his Civil War story “The Angel of Marye’s Heights” exactly what I feel Chris Cevasco is looking for in Paradox: taking a documented historical event and examining it from a different perspective. This is not a “What If?” tale, as many Civil War speculations tend to be. The “Angel,” from history, is a Southern soldier at the battle of Fredricksburg who risked his life to bring water to the dying strewn about after the massacre. The “Angel” in Livingston’s story isn’t the water bearer; he’s an actual angel masquerading as a Northern soldier, one who knows what’s about to happen.
He goes on to note that while he felt the opening was just a tad too long (meh.) it was “very well written” (yeah!). All in all, I’ll take it.