History Stories of Alabama

History Stories of Alabama

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...army sped over the four miles after them. The raiders destroyed a quantity of ammunition, set fire to several houses and took all of the mules and horses they could find. But before they had entirely destroyed the commissary supplies Forrest's men overtook them and drove them from the town. For three days and nights Forrest's men rode and fought like mad men. Some of them'went twenty-four hours without food. Toward the end of the march many of the poor fellows dropped from their saddles and slept in the road while their comrades' horses walked over their bodies. For fifteen miles Nathan B. Forrest kept the Federals on the run, although he had only a handful of worn-out men and poor, jaded horses, while Streight had twice that number of men and a fresh supply of mules and horses which he had stolen from the farms along the way. Thirty-one miles from Gadsden, at a place called Lawrence, Streight allowed his men to stop for food and rest. By that time his men were too exhausted to feed their horses and in-a few minutes they were all sound asleep on the ground., When a-great noise was heard in the distance the oificers knew that Forrest's forces were coming. Wild efforts were made to arouse the sleeping Federal soldiers. Streight and his officers shook them and threatened them with punishment, but most of them slept on. Just before Forrest came in sight about half of the command had aroused enough to shoulder arms. These were lined up and then ordered to lie down to shoot. When the gray-clad soldiers came near, Streight ordered, "Fire!" But his men were asleep again. With'their guns in their hands and their faces to the foe the weary raiders went back to sleep. At this maddening moment Streight sent up a...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236931017
  • 9781236931016