Reminiscences of Peace and War

Reminiscences of Peace and War

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...If a "bomb-proof" officer--a fellow who had a position in the rear--should happen to be smartly dressed when cantering along near a regiment, he would be apt to change his canter to a gallop as the men would shout and whoop: --"Oh, my! Ain't he pooty? Say, Mister! whar'd ye git that biled shut? Was ye ra-a-ly born so, or was ye put together by corntrack? Sich a nicelookin' rooster oughter git down an' scratch for a wurrum!" Even when a brigade would pass at double-quick, going into a battle in which the waiting soldier expected any moment to take part, the latter would call out: --Stories around the Camp-fire 201 "What's your hurry, boys? Gwine to ketch a train?" They made great fun, too, of their own fears, never considering them worthy of being treated seriously, or as in any way detrimental. Under fire at Manassas, a raw recruit was doing pretty well, when a rabbit loped across the field. Dropping his gun as he was about to shoot, he yelled, with honest pathos: --"Go it, little cotton-tail, go it! I'm jest as skeered as you be, an' ef I dar'd, I'd run too." A number of militia having given way under fire, their commanding officer called out to one of the fugitives: --"What are you running away for, you coward? You ought to be ashamed of yourself." "I ain't runnin' away, Gin'ral! I'm just skeered! Them fellers over thar are shootin' bullets as big as watermillions! One of 'em went right peerst my head--right peerst;--an'--an' I wants to go home." "Well, why didn't you shoot back, sir? You are crying like a baby." "I knows it, Gin'ral--I knows it. I wish I was a baby, and a gal-baby, too, and then I wouldn't hev been cornscripted." The regiments of Georgia, North...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492218
  • 9781236492210