Hilt to Hilt, Or, Days and Nights on the Banks of the Shenandoah in the Autumn of 1864; From the Mss. of Colonel Surry of Eagle's Nest

Hilt to Hilt, Or, Days and Nights on the Banks of the Shenandoah in the Autumn of 1864; From the Mss. of Colonel Surry of Eagle's Nest

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...I am charmed with, 'I will fight you!'" I looked curiously at this man. "I can understand, --or think I will, --when you tell me your story." "Well, you shall have it, friend. I am not a confiding personage generally, but something moves me to-night." And, leaning back against the great rock, Landon thus continued: --"I was born at ' Bizarre, '--the old house which you have visited to-night, --and grew to the age of eighteen without ever leaving home. My father died in my childhood, leaving one other son and two daughters, all younger than myself. "Well, at eighteen I spent a year at the Virginia Military Institute, preparing for West Point, whither my father had expressed a wish that I should go. He fancied that I had betrayed an early aptitude for the army, and, on his death-bed, had shaped out my future. My mother, who doted on her children, was bitterly opposed to this step; but I urged my father's wishes; set out joyfully for Lexington; and duly became a cadet. "Here commenced my acquaintance with the person with whom I am going to fight to-morrow morning, --RatclnTe. He was from East Tennessee, about the same age as myself, and we soon became intimate, --for what reason I have never been able to understand. These things'happen. The court which RatclhTe paid to me, perhaps, explained the fact. He had taken up, I discovered afterwards, the impression that I was extremely rich, --the heir of an 'old family' of high position, --and, as he was a person of humble birth, and aspiring, he looked to me, it seems, to aid his career. "Well, his attentions won me. For the rest, I was open and confiding then. We became intimate; he informed me that he had secured an appointment and was going to West Point; and, as I...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594266
  • 9781236594266