The Heart of Hope

The Heart of Hope

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... the bombardment. In and out of the groups that clustered around the fires men were walking rapidly, giving careful, distinct instructions to the commanders of the different companies. The quiet of preparation had fallen over the spirit of the men. It was a deliberate getting ready for death. Each one kept fear within his breast. It was only pride that made them appear brave. One man in a group stretched his legs out on the dry ground, yawning. "I wish it was time for us to get at 'em," he said. "That's a lie," another had answered. "The whole lot of us are scared to death, and so are you," and first the speaker had stolen silently away into the darkness. In the intenseness of the waiting, the hours seemed to fly. It was not the waiting that they dreaded, it was the end of the waiting which they wished would never come. Finally the hour of movement came. They formed into columns and marched out of the camp to the open ground along the ridge of the hills. They moved on steadily, lanterns flashing before them, lighting the way. Then came a halt and the ranks broke. Instructions came to them to go down the hill and line up in the bed of the creek. In the dim night light they crept over the embankment and went carefully down the hillside, disappearing into the black depths of the ravine. On and on came the black objects, the supply seeming inexhaustible, as company after company sank into the gorge; and not until the silver glow of morning began to light up the scene did the army stop coming. The plan of the attack was to rush up the hill between two points which jutted out and made a recess in which the Confederates had built no protection. Their ground was so admirably suited for defence that they had concentrated on...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564804
  • 9781236564801