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Sparks from the campfire


Sparks from the campfire

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    Joseph W. Morton (Author)
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. 1893 Excerpt:, stern looking: rifled cannon, each of whom I had come to regard with a feeling of almost reverential awe, because upon a dozen battle-fields I had seen them flinging destruction into the ranks of traitors, and never knew them once turned against a legion of my country's enemies which they did not scatter like leaves before the blast. Even in the opinion of the rebels themselves, Loomis had made these guns invincible. They were commanded now by a young man who, possessing naturally the noblest qualities, had thoroughly learned the lessons of his teacher, and promised to prove a most worthy successor, even to Loomis himself--Lieutenant Van Pelt. Van Pelt loved his pieces with the same unselfish devotion which he manifested for his wife. In the desperate conflict which broke around Scribner's brigade he managed the battery with much dexterity and coolness, and for some moments rocked the very trees over the heads of the rebels by the fiery blasts from his guns. But his horses were shot down. Many of his artillerists were killed or wounded. The infantry supporting him had been compelled to turn and cut their way through the enemy, and a horde of traitors rushed up to the muzzles of the now harmless pieces. Van Pelt, now almost alone, stationed himself in front of them and drew his sword. ' Scoundrels,' said he,' dare not to touch those guns!' The miserable barbarians, unable to appreciate true heroism, brutally murdered him where he stood. The history of the war furnished not an incident more touching or more sublime than the death, of Lieutenant Van Pelt. THEY WERE BOTH SCARED. N amusing story is related by Comrade Chas. F. Currie, Fourth New Jersey Volunteers and later of the Signal Corps: One night I was lying in my tent together with m...
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  • PDF | 234 pages
  • Joseph W. Morton (Author)
  • (10 May 2012)
  • English
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