Gilbert St. Maurice

Gilbert St. Maurice

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...done. We can only laugh now when we remember a remark made by a certain Captain Church, of General Mitchell's Division of Yankee soldiers, who entered Murfreesboro soon after the fall of Fort Donelson, which was certainly unique if nothing more. This Captain Church said that the ladies of Nashville made "shapes" at the Yankee soldiers when they came into the city. He meant "faces," but invented a new mode of expressing it. Although the years of the war were full of gloom and sorrow, and the people were quite unlike their former selves, yet they had to laugh sometimes in spite of themselves. Thus, we happened to know of an "enemy" that had been transferred from the Army of the Potomac to Middle Tennesse, going round to the houses of private citizens with a large, old-fashioned wooden pill-box full of soda, trying to exchange it for milk, for which they had an insatiable craving. Well, this attentive, observing youth in blue had read in the newspapers, or heard somewhere, that soda was a scarce commodity in the store-rooms of Tennesse house-keepers. So, like his illustrious predecessors, he cast him about, ever on the qui vive for a bargain, and sought to benefit himself by the exchange of that chemical ingredient, doled out to him by his Father Abraham, so necessary in the making of good bread. Although we imagine that Tennessee house-keepers would take their biscuits and cakes "flat" a long time before they would use soda that had traveled all the way from the Old Dominion in the pockets of a not very refined Yankee soldier. N'importe. Speaking of their inordinate fondness for the foamy, snowy fluid, it was no unusual occurrence, but au contraire, a very common thing to see, both mornings and evenings, some...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662209X
  • 9781236622099