It’s 2000, and high school seniors Bill Martin and Jonathan Curtis are touring the site of the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee. That 1862 clash was one of the bloodiest of the Civil War, leaving 3,482 dead and 16,420 wounded. But, in addition to being aware of the hefty death toll, the teenagers have heard a strange story about wounds that glowed in the dark. And even weirder still, it’s said that those with glowing wounds had better survival rates; but is this mere myth? With these questions in mind, the boys decide to investigate.
We’ll get back to Martin and Curtis and their discoveries, but first let’s find out a little bit about the Civil War – and in particular the Battle of Shiloh. Many historians will tell you that the Civil War was about slavery. Basically, the Southern states wanted to retain the practice, while the Northerners wanted to abolish it.
And at one level this is undoubtedly true. But the slavery issue was coupled with another bone of contention: states’ rights. Indeed, many in the South were highly resistant to the authority of the federal government, which they saw as an instrument of the North – especially when it came to the issue of slavery.