Here is one of the most eloquent depictions of the Civil War from the viewpoint of the white South in all American literature: "For every Southern boy, fourteen years old, not only once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods, and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet." Name the author of these sentences and the novel in which they appear.

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Answer to Book Bag #590: The author of the treatise on war games, "Little Wars," was H.G. Wells.

Winner: David S. Bieksza, Falls Church.