Soldier or vicious killer? Examine history to decide. As a very young man bent on revenge after his sister's rape and murder, John P. Gatewood deserts the Confederate forces and returns to his Tennessee home. There he joins a group of Confederate bushwhackers and, as the Red Headed Beast of Georgia, carries out a bloody rampage of strikes against Union sympathizers, both military and civilian alike. This closely researched study tells his story from boyhood to the postwar years and his attempt to adapt to civilian life. A fascinating read for any history buff!