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The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 15. The Seven Days The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 15. The Seven Days

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 15. The Seven Days
CHAPTER XV. THE SEVEN DAYSHarry did not awaken until late the next morning. Jackson, for once, allowed his soldiers a long rest, and they were entitled to it. When he rose from his blankets, he found fires burning, and the pleasant odor of coffee, bacon and other food came to his nostrils. Many wounded were stretched on blankets, but, as usual, they were stoics, and made no complaint. The army, in truth, was joyous, even more, it was exultant. Every one had the feeling that he had shared in mighty triumphs, unparalleled exploits, but they gave the chief credit to their... Long Stories - Post by : Abrie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 3132

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 14. The Double Battle The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 14. The Double Battle

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 14. The Double Battle
CHAPTER XIV. THE DOUBLE BATTLEThe twenty-four hours were a rest, merely by comparison. There was no pursuit, at least, the enemy was not in sight, but the scouts brought word that the bridge over the Shenandoah would be completed in a day and night, and that Fremont would follow. Jackson's army triumphantly passed the last defile of the Massanuttons and the army of Shields did not appear issuing from it. It was no longer possible for them to be struck in front and on the flank at the same time, and the army breathed a mighty sigh of relief. At night... Long Stories - Post by : Abrie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2854

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 13. The Sullen Retreat The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 13. The Sullen Retreat

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 13. The Sullen Retreat
CHAPTER XIII. THE SULLEN RETREATHarry, like the rest of the army, slept soundly through the rest of the night and they rose to a brilliant first day of June. The scouts said that the whole force of Fremont was not far behind, while the army of Shields was marching on a parallel line east of the Massanuttons, and ready at the first chance to form a junction with Fremont. Youth seeks youth and Harry and Dalton found a little time to talk with St. Clair and Langdon. "We've broken their ring and passed through," said Langdon, "but as sure as we... Long Stories - Post by : Abrie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 3394

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 12. The Closing Circle The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 12. The Closing Circle

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 12. The Closing Circle
CHAPTER XII. THE CLOSING CIRCLE"George," said Harry, "we must chance it now and get back to the horses. We've got to reach General Jackson before the Northern army is through the pass." "You lead," said Dalton. "I don't think we'll have any danger except when we are in that strip of grass between these bushes and the woods." Harry started, and when he reached the grass threw himself almost flat on his face again, crawling forward with extreme caution. Dalton, close behind him, imitated his comrade. The high grass merely rippled as they passed and the anxious Northern officers walking back... Long Stories - Post by : Abrie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1100

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 11. The Night Ride The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 11. The Night Ride

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 11. The Night Ride
CHAPTER XI. THE NIGHT RIDEHarry was back with the general in a few hours, but now he was allowed a little time for himself. It seemed to occur suddenly to Jackson that the members of his staff, especially the more youthful ones, could not march and fight more than two or three days without food and rest. "You've done well, Harry," he said--he was beginning to call the boy by his first name. The words of praise were brief, and they were spoken in a dry tone, but they set Harry's blood aflame. He had been praised by Stonewall Jackson, the... Long Stories - Post by : Abrie - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1502

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 8. The Mountain Battle The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 8. The Mountain Battle

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 8. The Mountain Battle
CHAPTER VIII. THE MOUNTAIN BATTLEGeneral Jackson and several of his senior officers were examining the valley with glasses, but Harry, with eyes trained to the open air and long distances, could see clearly nearly all that was going on below. He saw movement among the masses of men in blue, and he saw officers on horseback, galloping along the banks of the river. Then he saw cannon in trenches with their muzzles elevated toward the heights, and he knew that the Union troops must have had warning of Jackson's coming. And he saw, too, that the officers below also had glasses... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1158

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 7. On The Ridges The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 7. On The Ridges

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 7. On The Ridges
CHAPTER VII. ON THE RIDGESAs they rode in the shadow of the Massanuttons Harry continued to wonder. The whole campaign in the valley had become to him an interminable maze. Stonewall Jackson might know what he intended to do, but he was not telling. Meanwhile they marched back and forth. There was incessant skirmishing between cavalry and pickets, but it did not seem to signify anything. Banks, sure of his overwhelming numbers, pressed forward, but always cautiously and slowly. He did not march into any trap. And Harry surmised that Jackson, much too weak to attack, was playing for time. Sherburne... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2690

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 6. Kernstown The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 6. Kernstown

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 6. Kernstown
CHAPTER VI. KERNSTOWNThe long winding lines of the two armies spread over a maze of fields, woods and thickets, with here and there a stone wall and scattered low hills, which could be used as points of strength. Jackson's men, led by able officers, were pushing forward with all their might. The woods, the thickets and the mud nullified to some extent the superior power of the Northern artillery, but the rifles were pouring forth shattering volleys, many at close range. Harry felt his horse stagger just after he reached the crest of the hill, but he took no notice of... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1261

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 5. The Northern Advance The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 5. The Northern Advance

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 5. The Northern Advance
CHAPTER V. THE NORTHERN ADVANCEHarry flattened himself against the wall and all his training and inherited instincts came promptly to his service. He knew that he, too, would be in the shadow there it was not likely that the sentinels could see him owing to the darkness of the night. Then he moved cautiously toward the window where he had seen the outline. The cold rain beat on his face and he saw the figures of the sentinels moving back and forth, but, black against the black wall, he was confident that he could not be seen by them. Half... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1074

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 4. War And Waiting The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 4. War And Waiting

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 4. War And Waiting
CHAPTER IV. WAR AND WAITINGHarry slept like one dead, but he was awakened at dawn, and he rose yet heavy with sleep and somewhat stiff from the severe exertions of the day before. But it all came back in an instant, the army, the march, and the march yet to come. They had but a scanty breakfast, the wagons not yet having come up, and in a half hour they started again. They grumbled mightily at first, because the day was bleak beyond words, heavy with clouds, and sharp with chill. The country seemed deserted and certainly that somber air was... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2889

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 3. Stonewall Jackson's March The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 3. Stonewall Jackson's March

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 3. Stonewall Jackson's March
CHAPTER III. STONEWALL JACKSON'S MARCHHarry took some orders to brigadiers and colonels. He saw that concentration was going on rapidly and he shared the belief of his comrades that the army would march in the morning. He felt a new impulse of ambition and energy. It continually occurred to him that while he was doing much he might do more. He saw how his leader worked, with rapidity and precision, and without excitement, and he strove to imitate him. The influence of Jackson was rapidly growing stronger upon the mind of the brilliant, sensitive boy, so susceptible to splendor of both... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2488

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 2. The Foot Cavalry The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 2. The Foot Cavalry

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 2. The Foot Cavalry
CHAPTER II. THE FOOT CAVALRYCaptain Sherburne told Captain McGee that the invaders were coming, and there was a stir in the ranks of the defenders. The cavalrymen, disciplined and eager, said nothing, but merely moved a little in order to see better along the road over which the enemy was advancing. The original defenders, who were infantry, talked in whispers, despite commands, and exchanged doubts and apprehensions. Harry walked up and down in front of the warehouse with Captain Sherburne, and both watched the road. "If we only had a little artillery, just a light gun or two," said Sherburne, "we'd... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2079

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 1. In The Valley The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 1. In The Valley

The Scouts Of Stonewall - Chapter 1. In The Valley
CHAPTER I. IN THE VALLEYA young officer in dingy Confederate gray rode slowly on a powerful bay horse through a forest of oak. It was a noble woodland, clear of undergrowth, the fine trees standing in rows, like those of a park. They were bare of leaves but the winter had been mild so far, and a carpet of short grass, yet green, covered the ground. To the rider's right flowed a small river of clear water, one of the beautiful streams of the great Virginia valleys. Harry Kenton threw his head back a little and drew deep breaths of the... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1166

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 15. Battle's Eve The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 15. Battle's Eve

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 15. Battle's Eve
CHAPTER XV. BATTLE'S EVEHarry found little change in the Southern army, except that more troops had come up from Richmond. It still rested upon Bull Run. The country here was old, having been cropped for many generations, the soil mostly clay and cut in deep ruts. There were many ravines and water courses, and hillocks were numerous. Colonel Talbot had told Harry a month before that it was not a bad place for a battle ground, and he remembered it now as he came back to it. He had not taken the time to return to... Long Stories - Post by : Glen_Hopkins - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 946

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 14. In Washington The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 14. In Washington

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 14. In Washington
CHAPTER XIV. IN WASHINGTONA quarter of a mile from the forest, the wood ascended considerably, throwing him into relief. He felt some shivers here, as he did not know who might be watching him. Field glasses were ugly things when a man was trying to hide. He glanced at the little group that he had seen on the hill, and he noticed now that the officer with the glasses was looking at him. But Harry was a long distance away, and he had the courage and prudence of mind to keep from falling into a panic.... Long Stories - Post by : corbymorris - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 704

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 13. The Seeker For Help The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 13. The Seeker For Help

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 13. The Seeker For Help
CHAPTER XIII. THE SEEKER FOR HELPColonel Talbot, Lieutenant-Colonel St. Hilaire and four other officers were in a deep alcove that had been dug just under the highest earthwork they were not likely to be interrupted in their deliberations by any fragment of an exploding shell. The only light was that of the stars and the early moon which had now come out, but it was sufficient to show faces oppressed by the utmost anxiety. Three other men also had been summoned to the council. "We have chosen you six for an important errand," said Colonel Talbot, "but you... Long Stories - Post by : corbymorris - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2711

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 12. The Fight For The Fort The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 12. The Fight For The Fort

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 12. The Fight For The Fort
CHAPTER XII. THE FIGHT FOR THE FORTBefore they reached the brook they hailed Sergeant Carrick lest they should be fired upon as enemies, and when his answer came they dropped into a walk, still panting and wiping the perspiration from damp foreheads. They bathed their faces freely in the brook, and sat down on the bank to rest. The sergeant, a regular and a veteran of many border campaigns against the Indians, regarded them benevolently. "I heard firing in front," he said, "and I thought you might be concerned in it. If it hadn't been for my orders... Long Stories - Post by : corbymorris - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2601

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 11. In Virginia The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 11. In Virginia

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 11. In Virginia
CHAPTER XI. IN VIRGINIAHarry left the valley with the keenest feeling of regret, realizing at the parting how strong a friendship he had formed with this family. But he felt that he could not delay any longer. Affairs must be moving now in the great world in the east, and he wished to be at the heart of them. He had a strong, sure-footed horse, and he had supplies and an extra suit of clothes in his saddle bags. The rifle across his back would attract no attention, as all the men in the mountains carried rifles. Jarvis... Long Stories - Post by : serrac - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2620

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 10. Over The Mountains The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 10. Over The Mountains

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 10. Over The Mountains
CHAPTER X. OVER THE MOUNTAINSThe boat was secured firmly among the bushes, and finding an abundance of fallen wood along the beach, they pulled it into a heap and kindled a fire. The night, as usual, was cool, but the pleasant flames dispelled the chill, and the cove was very snug and comfortable after a day of hard and continuous work. Jarvis and Ike did the cooking, at which they were adepts. "After pullin' a boat ten or twelve hours there's nothin' like somethin' warm inside you to make you feel good," said Jarvis. "Ike, you lunkhead, hurry... Long Stories - Post by : serrac - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 2406

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 9. The River Journey The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 9. The River Journey

The Guns Of Bull Run: A Story Of The Civil War's Eve - Chapter 9. The River Journey
CHAPTER IX. THE RIVER JOURNEY"Best pour a little of this down his throat. It'll cut an' burn, but if there's a spark o' life left in him it'll set it to blazin'." Harry became conscious of the "cutting" and "burning," and, struggling weakly, he sat up. "That's better," continued the deep, masculine voice. "You've been layin' on your face, lettin' the Kentucky River run out of your mouth, while we was poundin' you on the back to increase the speed o' the current. It's all out o' you now, an' you're goin' to keep your young life." The... Long Stories - Post by : ByronCourt - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph A. Altsheler - Read : 1375