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Two Little Confederates - Chapter 20 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 20

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXThe visitors remained at Oakland for several days, as the lady wished to have her son's remains removed to the old homestead in Delaware. She was greatly distressed over the want which she saw at Oakland--for there was literally nothing to eat but black-eyed pease and the boys' chickens. Every incident of the war interested her. She was delighted with their Cousin Belle, and took much interest in her story, which was told by the boys' mother. Her grandson, Dupont, was a fine, brave, and generous young fellow. He had spent his boyhood near a town, and could neither ride,... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 2908

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 19 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 19

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIXThe boys' Uncle William came the next day. The two weeks which followed were the hardest the boys had ever known. As yet nothing had been heard of Hugh or the General, though the boys' father went to Richmond to see whether they had been released. The family lived on corn-bread and black-eyed pease. There was not a mouthful of meat on the plantation. A few aged animals were all that remained on the place. The boys' mother bought a little sugar and made some cakes, and the boys, day after day, carried them over to the depot and left... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3152

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 18 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 18

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIIWhen the boys reached home it was pitch-dark. They found their mother very anxious about them. They gave an account of the "battle," as they called it, telling all about the charge, in which, by their statement, the General and Hugh did wonderful deeds. Their mother and Cousin Belle sat and listened with tightly folded hands and blanched faces. Then they told how they found the wounded Yankee soldier on the bank, and about his death. They were startled by seeing their Cousin Belle suddenly fall on her knees and throw herself across their mother's lap in a passion of... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3298

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 14 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 14

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVThe next day was Sunday. The General and Hugh had but one day to stay. They were to leave at daybreak the following morning. They thoroughly enjoyed their holiday; at least the boys knew that Hugh did. They had never known him so affable with them. They did not see much of the General, after breakfast. He seemed to like to stay "stuck up in the house" all the time, talking to Cousin Belle; the boys thought this due to his lameness. Something had occurred, the boys didn't understand just what; but the General was on an entirely new footing... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 986

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 13 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 13

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIIIt was now nearing the end of the third year of the war. Hugh was seventeen, and was eager to go into the army. His mother would have liked to keep him at home; but she felt that it was her duty not to withhold anything, and Colonel Marshall offered Hugh a place with him. So a horse was bought, and Hugh went to Richmond and came back with a uniform and a sabre. The boys truly thought that General Lee himself was not so imposing or so great a soldier as Hugh. They followed him about like two pet... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 2651

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 12 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 12

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIThe gibes of Lucy Ann, and the occasional little thrusts of Hugh about the "deserter business," continued and kept the boys stirred up. At length they could stand it no longer. It was decided between them that they must retrieve their reputations by capturing a real deserter and turning him over to the conscript-officer whose office was at the depot. Accordingly, one Saturday they started out on an expedition, the object of which was to capture a deserter though they should die in the attempt. The conscript-guard had been unusually active lately, and it was said that several deserters had... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 2557

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 11 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 11

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIAfter circling the edge of the swamp for some time the boys, as it was now growing late, turned toward home. They were full of their valuable discovery, and laid all sorts of plans for the capture of the hogs. They would not tell even their mother, as they wished to surprise her. They were, of course, familiar with all the modes of trapping game, as described in the story books, and they discussed them all. The easiest way to get the hogs was to shoot them, and this would be the most "fun"; but it would never do, for... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3192

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 10 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 10

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XAfter this, times were very hard on the plantation. But the boys' mother struggled to provide as best she could for the family and hands. She used to ride all over the county to secure the supplies which were necessary for their support; one of the boys usually being her escort and riding behind her on one of the old mules that the raiders had left. In this way the boys became acquainted with the roads of the county and even with all the bridle-paths in the neighborhood of their home. Many of these were dim enough too, running through... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3470

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 9 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 9

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXThe boys were not sure that they had even fallen asleep when they heard Lucy Ann call, outside. They turned over to take another nap. She was coming up to the door. No, for it was a man's step, it must be Uncle Balla's; they heard horses trampling and people talking. In a second the door was flung open, and a man strode into the room, followed by one, two, a half-dozen others, all white and all in uniform. They were Yankees. The boys were too frightened to speak. They thought they were arrested for hiding the silver. "Get up,... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3197

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 8 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 8

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIAs time went by the condition of things at Oakland changed--as it did everywhere else. The boys' mother, like all the other ladies of the country, was so devoted to the cause that she gave to the soldiers until there was nothing left. After that there was a failure of the crops, and the immediate necessities of the family and the hands on the place were great. There was no sugar nor coffee nor tea. These luxuries had been given up long before. An attempt was made to manufacture sugar out of the sorghum, or sugar-cane, which was now being... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3338

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 4 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 4

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVAfter this it became a common thing for passing regiments to camp near Oakland, and the fire blazed many a night, cooking for the soldiers, till the chickens were crowing in the morning. The negroes all had hen-houses and raised their own chickens, and when a camp was near them they used to drive a thriving trade on their own account, selling eggs and chickens to the privates while the officers were entertained in the "gret house." It was thought an honor to furnish food to the soldiers. Every soldier was to the boys a hero, and each young officer... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 1762

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 3 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 3

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 3
CHAPTER IIIIn course of time they saw a great deal of "the army,"--which meant the Confederates. The idea that the Yankees could ever get to Oakland never entered any one's head. It was understood that the army lay between Oakland and them, and surely they could never get by the innumerable soldiers who were always passing up one road or the other, and who, day after day and night after night, were coming to be fed, and were rapidly eating up everything that had been left on the place. By the end of the first year they had been coming so... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 715

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 2 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 2

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 2
CHAPTER IIThere was great excitement at Oakland during the John Brown raid, and the boys' grandmother used to pray for him and Cook, whose pictures were in the papers. The boys became soldiers, and drilled punctiliously with guns which they got Uncle Balla to make for them. Frank was the captain, Willy the first lieutenant, and a dozen or more little negroes composed the rank and file, Peter and Cole being trusted file-closers. A little later they found their sympathies all on the side of peace and the preservation of the Union. Their uncle was for keeping the Union unbroken, and... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 1034

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 1 Two Little Confederates - Chapter 1

Two Little Confederates - Chapter 1
CHAPTER IThe "Two Little Confederates" lived at Oakland. It was not a handsome place, as modern ideas go, but down in Old Virginia the standard was different from the later one, it passed in old times as one of the best plantations in all that region. The boys thought it the greatest place in the world, of course excepting Richmond they had been one year to the fair, and had seen a man pull fire out of his mouth, and do other wonderful things. It was quite secluded. It lay, it is true, right between two of the county... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3313

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 17 Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 17

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIIWhen Livingstone walked into Mrs. Wright's drawing-room that evening he had never had such a greeting, and he had never been in such spirits. His own Christmas dinner had been the success of his life. He could still see those happy faces about his board, and hear those joyous voices echoing through his house. The day seemed to have been one long dream of delight. From the moment when he had turned to go after the little child to ask her to show him the way to help others, he had walked in a new land; lived in a new... Long Stories - Post by : lordg - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 2454

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 16 Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 16

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIAll the morning Livingstone "rushed" as he had never "rushed" in the wildest excitement of "the street." He had to find a banker and a lawyer and a policeman. But he found them all. He had to get presents to Sipkins and Hartly and the other clerks; but he managed to do it. His servants, too, had caught the contagion, and more than once big wagons driven by smiling, cheery-faced men drove up to the door and unloaded their contents. And when the evening fell and a great sleigh with six seats and four horses, and every seat packed full,... Long Stories - Post by : RTRIECKE - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 2073

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 15 Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 15

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVLivingstone drove home through silent streets, but they were not silent for him. In his ears a chime was still ringing and it bore him far across the snow-filled streets and the snow-filled years to a land of warmth and light. The glow was still about his heart and the tingle which the pressure of Kitty Clark's arms about his neck, and John Clark's clasp of his hand had started still kept it warm. At his door Livingstone dismissed his driver and as he cheerily wished him a merry Christmas the man's cheery reply showed that Livingstone had already found... Long Stories - Post by : RTRIECKE - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 2514

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 11 Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 11

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIThe father went out by the door that opened into the passage, and the next moment Livingstone could hear him in deep conference in the adjoining room; at first with his wife, and then with the little girl herself. The door did not fit very closely and the partition was thin, so that Livingstone could not help hearing what was said, and even when he could shut out the words he could not help knowing from the tones what was going on. The mother was readily won over, but when the little girl was consulted she flatly refused. Her father... Long Stories - Post by : RTRIECKE - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 1661

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 10 Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 10

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XIt was quite clear out now and the moon was riding high in a cloudless heaven. The jingle of sleigh-bells had increased and just as Livingstone turned the corner a sleigh dashed past him. He heard the merry voices of young people, and amid the voices the ringing laughter of a young girl, clear as a silver bell. Livingstone stopped short in his tracks and listened. He had not heard anything so musical in years--he had not heard a young girl's laughter in years--he had not had time to think of such things. It brought back across the snow-covered fields--across... Long Stories - Post by : RTRIECKE - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 448

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 9 Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 9

Santa Claus's Partner - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXLivingstone plodded along through the snow, relieved to find that the effort made him forget himself and banished those wretched figures. He traversed the intervening streets and before he was conscious of it was standing in the hall of the brilliantly lighted club. The lights dazzled him, and he was only half sensible of the score of servants that surrounded him with vague, half-proffers of aid in removing his overcoat. Without taking off his coat, Livingstone walked on into the large assembly-room to see who might be there. It was as empty as a church. The lights were all turned... Long Stories - Post by : frenzy - Date : May 2012 - Author : Thomas Nelson Page - Read : 3252