Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, not your favorite or most intellectual.
So the closest book to hand for me this morning is God Rest Ye Merry Soldiers: A True Civil War Christmas Story by James McIvor:
The Yankees surrendered, and that evening Forrest's men were on their way again, leaving as fast as they had come. Hearing the news of Forrest's raid on Murfreesboro, and fearing a threat to their hold on the state's capital itself, the Union army at Nashville quickly pulled back from the forces they had too confidently spread all across Middle and West Tennessee. For the rest of the summer and fall the Union army would remain encamped in and around Nashville behind strong fortifications. And so it was to Murfreesboro that Bragg now, in late fall, decided to concentrate his entire Army of Tennessee. He hoped to entice the Union army into a battle in which Bragg would hold the defensive advantage.
Yes, stunning I know...I wish there'd been a more interesting book to hand, but such is the life of a meme.