The General's Double; A Story of the Army of the Potomac Volume 4

The General's Double; A Story of the Army of the Potomac Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...an open field, and, following a dashing leader, went plunging and swaying up the ascent. Pennington's war-worn gunners knew them at a glance. Something in the dash and abandon with which they swung through the gap stamped them at once. "Pelham's Own!" was the cry. "Let 'em have it, Con" The corporal, quivering with excitement, was astride of the trail, tapping gently its mud-stained side, while two stout cannoneers, panting and eager-eyed, gripped a handspike and swung the black muzzle into line. Squinting through the peep hole in the brass hausse, Con was spinning the elevating screw with one hand as he tapped the trail with the other, getting range and line at once, sighting square at the crest of the knoll. An instant more and the leaders of the distant gun came trotting up against the sky, then the "swing" team, then the wheel-horses, then one could almost hear the command, "Action rear!" as the team fairly settled back on their haunches and the following horsemen threw themselves out of saddle and scampered to the gun. ' "Now, Con!" cried the sergeant, and a stifled shriek went up from the window, and Fairfax wiped the sweat of agony from his brow and called aloud, --"Away from that window, Belle! Run to the cellar, quick! Away, I say!" he repeated, as the girls hung there, fascinated. "For God's sake let me go to them," he cried. "I am pledged not to escape." But the stern soldiers seemed deaf to his plea; seemed only alive to the scene at the gun. Again the corporal sprang back, both hands thrown high, again the order, "Ready!" again the lithe young batteryman leaped in, lanyard in hand, then the...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885945
  • 9781236885944