Battle Abbey or Memorial Edition

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...It was a grand and fully-appreciated pig treat. Shells, as if from mortars, commenced to shower about us, the fuses being plainly seen in their revolutions in the air. We had two negroes as cooks (faithful and efficient), Old Trance and Pete, both able in prayer and song, and both equally afraid of shells and the devil. Pete began one of his long, earnest and fervent prayers to the Lord. In his prayer (he and Trance believed the devil was the agent of war), he prayed to the Lord to " curtail the powers of the devil." "Yes, Lord," Trance said, " cut his tail clean off. Cut it off right close to the butt." When the pig was cooked, in good Confederate fashion, the tail, "close to the butt," was given to Old Trance, who, for once at least, fully recognized and appreciated the full "power of prayer," for never were negroes more famished than Trance and Pete. They believed their prayers were answered. Eating Persimaons. I had a half-witted youth in my company, whom we called General Lee, which seemed to please him very much. One day, on the march, he was eating half-ripe persimmons. General Trimble, who was a good man and officer, addressed his men as "my lad," or " my lads." Noticing Lee eating the persimmons, he said: "My lad, why do you eat green persimmons?" Lee replied: "Why, General, to draw up my stomacTi to suit the size of my rations." This is evidently the origin of the expression quoted.--W. B. K. The Stonewall Brigade. BY JOSHPH McMURRAN. Stonewall Brigade! Strange name for a body of soldiers! Who were these soldiers, and how did the name originate? This brief narrative of the marches, the battles, the sufferings and trials of a band of Confederate...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236497570
  • 9781236497574