Excerpt from My Lady of the South: A Story of the Civil War
Something burned my shoulder like a sudden spurt of ﬂame; I felt sick from the shock, and clung desperately to the breech to keep from falling; I saw faces here and there amid the brown whirls of smoke, strange, unknown repulsive faces, rendered hideous from the strain of con ﬂiet; my gun toppled over, one wheel smashed into splin ters; I saw Wyatt turn and run for the rear, and Park hurst ﬂung backward as though shot from a catapult; l jerked the rammer out of his dead, clutching hands, and began striking fiercely at that crush of gray figures leap ing toward me. Then everything went blank, and I pitched over under the wreck.
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