Sparks from the Camp Fire, or Tales of the Old Veterans

Sparks from the Camp Fire, or Tales of the Old Veterans

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...sprung on top of the tender, and from thence to the roof of the cab. Steadying himself for a moment, with his face toward the rebels, he shouted "Good-bye," made them a low bow, and took a drink, perfectly regardless of the white puffs of smoke, as one after another discharged their pieces at him; as he afterwards explained, "the engine made too much noise for him to hear the bullets, and they didn't seem to be hitting anybody." After having, in spite of sore bones, performed a jig, which he had extemporized for that occasion for the express edification of the rebs, Joe descended from his perch, and deliberately shutting off steam, stopped. We were still in sight of them, though at a tolerably safe distance, and now saw a group of them standing near several men who had been wounded, perhaps some killed.by that "irrepressible" stick of wood. Our damages were a few bruises each, but no serious hurts. Our engine suffered the loss of the pilot or cowcatcher and headlight, the front of the smoke-bow was stove in, besides sundry dents and bruises on the brass casings of the cylinders, but for running purposes absolutely uninjured; the rebels having piled the logs squarely across the top of the track, the point of the cow-killer had gone under them, and, though broken by the shock, had raised them sufficiently to keep them from under the wheels, while the engine dashed them right and left into the gorge. The rebels seeing us stop, started in pursuit, but as we found nothing 6erious to impede our further progress, and, as in their case, "distance lent enchantment to the view," we were off again in high spirits, and without further adventure worth recounting, arrived safely at our destination. Poor Joe, after being...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236532279
  • 9781236532275