The United States Democratic Review Volume 3-4

The United States Democratic Review Volume 3-4

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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. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...this harsh sentence. but military justice demanded the victim! In one hour he was to be led forth to execution! His countenance was firm. A delightful calm dwelt on his youthful and noble features, and an air of repose and resignation marked his bearing. About him stood a group of oflicers, foes of his country, but whom his virtues had converted into personal friends. Tears were in the eyes of these stern warriors. and their voices trembled with emotion as they talked in low tones with each other. He alone was calm and resigned! An officer entered and announced, in a subdued tone, that the hour _of execution had arrived. The prisoner rose with dignity and said: " Gentlemen, I am ready to wait on you." Taking the arm of Major Tallmadge, who had been constantly with him since his capture, he left his cell with a firm step. In the street he took the arms of two subaltern officers, and walked between them to the place of execution. A natural composure pervaded his manner and his whole deportment was remarkably dignified and self-possessed. "My emotions are singular," he said, turning to Major Tallmade, who walked near him, " when I reflect that in a very few minutes I shall be an inhabitant ofthe world of spirits---so soon have revealed to me the great secret! But I do not shrink from it. I am not afraid to die--if I were, wretched, indeed, should I be at this moment." They now came in sight of a gallows surrounded by a large military force and a great concourse of citizens awaiting the event----a deep gloom filling all hearts---commiseration visible on every face. When the young man saw the degradinginstrument of execution he stopped, and turning to Major Tallmadge said, with an expression of mingled pain...show more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 585g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685005X
  • 9781236850058