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The three Unionists, sheltered behind the stone wall, awaited the rebel charge.
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teen hundred horsemen, and two pieces of "Give them another shot!" commanded
THE FATAL CARBINE; horse artillery, Stuart pushed on northward the young captain, " and Are low this time.
OK. as if going to join Stonewall Jacksou, and, Try to hit their horses ; that'll fetch 'em, I
reachnig the vic.nity of Taylorsville, near fancy."
THE II^%.RVEST OF I>EA.TII, Hanover Junction, ordered his troops into Once more the sound of the weapons broke
upon the air.
bivouac for the night.
He himself had dismounted under a wide " Ah! one of them's down— ain't he, Char-
,4 Story of Cedar Mountai
spreading tree, and while standing beside ley?" exclaimed Buruham, suddenly, ap-
his favorite horse, was resting his elbows pealing to his friend aud lieutenaut. Charley
WALTER TVILMOT.
upon the saddle, gazing thoughtfully to- Fairchild, who wasridiug by his side.
ward his busy men, and yet with a far-away "I'm not quite certain, cap," responded
expression. Charley. "They're in the shade of that
Presently, he was approached by Colonel clump of trees yonder, and 1 can't make
William H. F. Lee, one of his most trusted them out."
"Do it, general: stake your supporters, who laughingly asked "No more can I," said the captain, iu an
life I will. I'm y. on, every ' Are you plotting, general T' irritated tone; " and, by Jove! if they've
time," and, with a >
, tlie speak- "Hardly that," was the reply. "I was managed to escape us, after all, I shall be
er shook bauds "w 1 oiispicuous simply wondering what it was best to do mad enough to kick myself. I shall— apd
of a large group with myself for the next three or four hours. with right good will, too."
followed by a siuj .'-tli-i-amp, turned I tell y^u what it is, Lee, war's all well By this time they had reached the shadow
away. enough— in fact, it's a glorious trade; but, of the woods, and they were not long iu sat-
It was a lovely moonlight night in the after all, a man wants a taste of something isfying themselves that the two fugitives
month of June, 186'.J. At that time, McClel- else once in awhile; a glimpse of society, for really had, iu the most mysterious and un-
lan had advanced with his magniUeentarmy instance, and the sight of a pretty woman's accountable manner in the world, given
of one hundred and fifty-six thousand men, face." them the slip.
to the banks of the Chickahomiuy, and, " There's several places in this neighbor- It was some time before Fletcher Burnham
pushing across, had fought on the last day hood where you might spend a very agree- was willing to acknowledge himself fairly
of May the bloody but indecisive battle of able evening," suggested Lee. beat; but, at last, he was forced to do so,
Seven Pines. "True; and I was just thinking there's ; and then, turning to his friend, he said, iu a
On the right it was a Confederate, on the Hickory Hill, Colonel Wickham's place, you tone of conviction
left a Federal success; and General MoClel- know. The colonel is badly wounded, and "Never mind, Charley. I know what the
lan drew back, marshaled his great lines, would, no doubt, be very glad to see us.
darkening both the northern and southern What do you say Have you a mind to take
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banks of the Chickahominy, and prepared a gallop over there with me ?" and if we
don't succeed in decimating his
for a more decisive blow at the Confederate "I should like nothing better!" exclaimed forces before he gets through, why, I'm
whose spires were even then insight.
capital, Lee, with alacrity. " That is, if you can put mighty mistaken ; that's all."
Before him, however, lay the rebel army, up with such a poor companion as myself."
commanded now by General Robert E. Lee, —
"Come come? don't depreciate your- CHAPTER II.
who had succeeded Johnston, wounded in self," said Stuart; "but mount, and let us
the battle of Seven Pines. GRIT CAEEOI.L, THE UNION SCOUT.
be off."
The moment was favorable for a heavy "Shall we take an escort, general ?" asked The chase over, the Union cavalry slowly
attack by Lee. Jackson had just driven be- the colonel, when he was seated in the returned to camp, and the young leader— for
fore him the combined forces of Shields and saddle. Burnham had not yet seen the twenty-sixth
Fremont, and on the bloody field of Port "What's the use?" was the reply. "We anniversary of his birth-day— springing to
Republic ended the great campaign of the shall meet none but friends. Forward !" and the ground, threw his bridle to an orderly,
valley at a single blow. away they galloped down the road. and started off at a rapid pace toward his
The veterans of his command could now Hickory Hall, a noble Southern mansion, quarters.
be concentrated on the banks of the Chicka- surrounded by ample, and, in times past, A trooper was standing before the en-
hominy against McOlellan; a combined ad- well-kept grounds, was reached in due time; trance. He was a noble specimen of the
vance of the forces under Lee and Jackson and, after sending their horses to the stables, Northern soldier— a perfect giant in build
might save the rebel capital. the two Confederate ofBcers entered the and strength.
How should the attack be made ? house, where they were received and warm- " Ah ! Dan ; it's you, eh ?" said the captain.
A council of war was called. In this coun- ly o'elcomed by Colonel Wickham and his " Seen anything of Grit —
Grit Carroll, the
cil General Stuart boldly proposed an at- family. scout?"
tack upon McClellan's left wing from the To say that the visitors were most hospita- "Yes, captain," responded Dan Godfrey,
direction of James River, to cut him off bly entertained, is only to state what always with the usual military salute. " He was
from that base. follows the reception of a welcomed guest in about here not more than fifteen minutes
This suggestion was not adopted the de- ; the Sunny South, and the good cheer was so ago^ and seemed quite disappointed when
fenses were regarded as by far too strong. abundant, and so thoroughly enjoyed on this he learned that you had not yet returned.
It was considered a better plan to attack the occasion, that it was not long before General Guess he's in camp now."
Federal army on the north bank of the Stuart fell asleep in his chair, and the two " Hunt him up then, will you, and bring
Chickahominy, drive it from its works, and colonels found it difBcult work to keep up him to my quarters."
try the issue in the fields around Cold Har- the conversation. Dan again saluted, and hastened away.
bor. All at once there was a sound without- L!aptain Burnham entered his tent; and,
The great point was to ascertain if this distant at first; but which every moment having seated himself, at once fell into an
was practicable, and especially to And what drew nearer and nearer, and which at length attitude of deep meditation, from which he
defenses, if any, the Federals had to guard caught the attention of all, and brought was at last aroused by Dan, who suddenly
the approach to their right wing. Stuart to his feet with a start. presented himself, with the concise words
If these were slight, the attack could be "Cavalry!" he exclaimed. "Friends or "He's here, cap'n."
made with fair prospects of success. Jack- foes— that's the question ? and one we must " Ah let him come in."
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son could sweep around while Lee assailed The next moment Grit Carroll, the Union
the lines near Mechanicsville; then one scout of the Potomac, stood before him.
combined assault would probably defeat the get a chance to speak with you again. Now One glance at this most remarkable man
Union forces. to reconnoiter." was enough to satisfy any one that he was a
In order to find the character of the en- They hurried to the rear of the house, brave and noble patriot— a glorious hero,
emy's works beyond the stream— his posi- which was rapidly being surrounded by who, if he was battling against his own state
tions and movements— General Stuart had Federal troops, as one glance was enough to and his own people, was doing it from a
just been directed to take a portion of his determine, and, by a shrewd maneuver, sense of duty— from a true and undying love
cavalry, advance as far as Old Church, if made their way out of the back door, past for the Union our fathers established— that
practicable, and then be guided by circum- the kitchen- a separate building, as is usual Union which alone makes our country re-
stances. —
in the South and so reached the stable spected and feared throughout the world.
Such were the instructions he had just re- where their horses had been stalled. Grit waited, while Captain Burnham re-
ceived, when Lee took his hand, and earnest- In a moment they were in the saddle, and garded him thoughtfully for a time. At
ly asked fairly out upon the road before their escape length he ventured to say
" Can you reach the church, Stuart, find was discovered. Then what a wild shout "You sent for me, captain."
out all I want to know, and, above all, re- went up! "Yes," responded the officer; "and you,
turn in safety?" "After them — after them!" cried the it seems, had been here seeking me."
The great cavalry rider of the South Union leader. Captain Fletcher Burnham. Yes; I was anxious to know if you had
promptly replied " I tell you one of them is Stuart himself!"
" Do it, general 1 You may stake your and the mad chase began in dead earnest.
life I will. I'm yours to count on every Fletcher Burnham's party numbered some important information," said Grit.
time." twenty-five or more men— as brave and dar- "Ah! what is it? I know full well. Grit,
Then, with a careless laugh, he warm- ing a body as ever sat in saddle, and they that whatever comes from you is reliable;
ly shook the otner's hand and turned needed only to know that it was Stuart they and, therefore, I am greatly interested, "said.
away. were after to exert themselves to the very Burnham' "I found ererythiug to-night
As the rebel cavalier mounted his horse on utmost. e.\actly as you said I would, even to the
that bright moonUght night he was really a How those horses did fly over the ground number of men Stuart started out with."
gallant figure to look at. The mere memory of it thrillsme to this very " Vou didn't take him at the colonel's?"
The gray coat buttoned to the chin hour. " No Confound it, the men I sent to watch
light French saber balanced by the pistol in Every now and then revolvers and carbines the stables didn't get there in time. We saw
its black holster; the cavalry boots above would ring out them the moment they struck the road,
the kuee, and the brown hat with its heavy Crack— crack— crack however; and then the the tallest kind of a
black plume floating above the bearded Still the two rebel ofBcers kept steadily on race began, while, at the same time, the men
features, the brilliant eyes, and the huge their way, and Taylorsville was every mo- kept up a running fire upon them. How in
mustache, which curled with laughter at ment growing nearer and nearer. the world they managed to escape with
the slightest provocatiou— these made Stuart "Fire again !" ordered Burham. "It won't their lives is more than I am able to under-
the perfect picture of a gay cavalier, and do to lose them now," and at least twenty stand."
the spirited horse he rode seemed worthy of carbines rang out- but still the fugitives "Did you drive them clean into their
such a rider. kept on as though not a single shot had been camp, cap'n?"
Catching up with his column of about fif- fired. "No. They disappeared in a little clump
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just tbis side of Tayloi-sville— disap-
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an important nature that sent Captain
it
I' Mied, I tell yoH, exactly as though the Fletcher Burnham, now acting as major, to
:; round had opened aud swallowed them Hanover Court House with a battalion of
some five or six hundred men, at a very
I understand," nodded Grit, "those fel- early hour.
lows are better acquainted in these parts Have you ever visited this picturesque
than your men, cap'u." spot, reader?
•'
But we examined every inch of ground," Well, you should have looked upon it on
asserted the captain. that bright day in June— upon its old brick
•'
Did you ride up and down the deep gul- court-house, where Patrick Henry made his
ly that runs through the woods in a south- famous speech against the parsons— its an-
easterly direction 1*" aslced the captain. cient tavern— its modest roofs— the whole
' "No," was the reply "but we examined ; surrounded by the fertile fields waving witli
it Closely." golden grain. All this you sliould liave
" Did you looli carefully in that part just looked upon; and then you should have
taken note of Buruliam's cavalry, like a
"
can't r\:iVily swear to that."
I vast flock of bluebirds— as the rebels were
lainain, lulieve me, there's just
"..\h, in the habit of calling them— lost, as it were,
where you iiKMic y.>nr mistalse. There is a this pleasant nest, set in a sea of rippling
cavernons-likc [.'ac- there, washed out liv wheat and waving,
the floods, and luvttyinu.h ,-.in.rahd now
Ijy vegetation, tliut would holil at loast a
dozen mounted uicn, lluiI niuct\ -iiino ,uit of
every hundred would pass ii witliinit even
dreaming that it could conceal a single per-

more thoroughly?
regretfully.

of niv heart,"' said

" That's true, at least."


•'Yes and so they escaped, and now, the
;

next thing
is to catch the cunning fox at
some other time and in some other place."
" Well, let it rest for the present," said the
captain. " Didn't I understand you to say
that you had other news for me ?"
"Yes."
" Does it concern this grand raid ?"
" In a measure, yes."
"Let's hear it."
" Xf General Stuart makes the report Lee
thinks he will, aud which, mark you, I
know he will. It has been decided by the
eueniy to cross the Chickahominy above
our right, aud attack the force now on the
east liank of the stream. Stonewall Jack-

>per-

M'l'iai.li- loroo will lio oslontatiously sent

older to give the imjiression that a raove-


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from that quarter upon Washington


riioiit
contemplation. Butafterall, cap'n, 1
!^ ill
lout know but this information ought to
go right straight to MctClellan."
"The moveinentis not to be carried out
until Stuart has returned, you say?" asked
Burnham, quickly.
" No— it depends somewhat, and perhaps
altogether, upon the condition in which he
iiiids our defenses."
I'obe sure; then suppose you let the
111 itter rest with meuntilsome time to-mor-
' \'or>- wi.di as 1 actually belong to your ;

ooiiiinanil, captaiii, I roiisiiTcr myself, in the

ijooii! ui'id nou tor'wbat I wanted to


siy. 1 know how mortally anxious I am
onor of capturing or killing this
rebel raider, Stuart. Well, I want you to
make sure of his next move, aud let me
know just what it is going to be, and when
a good opportunity is likely to offer for me
to swoop down upon him and gobble
him up."
All right, cap'n I'm pretty certain he's ;

Qg (or Old Church now, as told


get the thing dead J°"
to
i keep sted.'-
good-night. But, by
tiie way, i want to say to you before you go
tlio iiianiit r in whii li you do your duty; and
thai, as 1 told you luii/c before, if you have
aiiv iiioliiiatioii to wear chevrons on your
.-lo.x.., I, myself, will__see to it that you

I am ur.atly oiiiiged to you, cap'n," re-


1
1 ilni, with a Shake of the head; "but,
I I lot is, I liave no such inclination at
I
-out. and, whafsmore, I never expect to
lia\ o. But, in easel ever should aspire to be
aiiytliiug more than a mere private and
scout, I won't
you know." fail to let
•Ah, well! perhaps you are right," said
IJurnhan], hastily; "and now, once more,
good-night."
1 "Good-night," returned the scout, as he
Viuietly withdrew "1 shall have news for ;

k, before daylight."

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ealculated in any n to affect his des- toward the now rapidly receding cavalry. was raised in Caroline county, one company
tiuy unpleasantly. "I've no wish to hurry this young fellow of which was made up in the vicinity of
Stuart's eyes tiasbed he could not under-
; into eternity but we must make haste, or
; Elmer's home. Two-thirds of his friends
stand such apathy; but ia. war tbere is little we shall never catch up with our com- joined it, and he soon received many press-
time to investigate psychological pheno- mand." ing invitations to do likewise.
mena. " We're all ready, lieutenant," said one of For a long time he resisted, turning a deaf
" So you were in our rauks, and you went the men. ear to all i)leadings. At last, however, in a
over to the enemy?" he said, with ii sort ot "Very well." Then to the prisoner "Have : fatal moment he said Yes, and became a sol-
growl. you anything you would like to say before dier in gray.
" Yes, sir," was the calm reply. we swing you off?" He went through a single campaign, and
' You were a private in that squadron of "Nothing but this," responded the un- then with some others, was captured by a
cavalry that attacked us just now?" fortunate youth " Y^our general has ordered
: squadron of Union cavalry.
" Yes, sir." you to commit deliberate murder— and that's He was about to be sent North as a pris-.
Stuart turned to an ofBcer, and pointing just what you are doing— nothing more or oner of war, when the scout of the •otomac
to a tall pine near, said in brief tones: less. It must be plain enough to you all happened to enter the camp.
" Hang him to that tree !" that I am no more than a mere boy, with Elmer saw him, and uttered an exclama-
Then it was that a change— sudden, awful, little or no knowledge of military law. Do tion of delight.
horrible— came over the face of the pris- "What! you— and in that dress?" cried'
oner. Grit, advancing toward his brother.
At that moment those about him read in me by your general, had I known, or even " Yes, dear old fellow," said Elmer, " they
his distended eyeballs the" vision of sudden for a moment dreamed, what would be the made me. That is, you see, all the other
death!" consequences? Yes, I tell you, this is a boys about our place went into the army,
The youth became ghastly pale, and the wicked, a cruel— even auseless murder. Still and they wouldn't give me any peace until I
eyes, before so vacant and apathetic, were I do not blame you. But you may tell Gen- joined them."
all at once injected -with blood, and full of eral Stuart, for me, that he surely will "Hum," almost growled Grit, "and now
piteous fright. have cause to rue this day's work to the last you see what it has brought you to. You
It might have been seen in an instant that hour of his life— ay, and that last hour will are a prisoner of war, and most likely will
the poor boy had not for one single moment come the sooner for the pitiless course he be cooped up in some Northern fortress for
realized the terrible danger of his position ; has taken." the next three years."
and that the appalling words, " Hang him Then, after a moment ot silence: " Oh, say. Grit, old fellow, you cau fix all
on that tree!" had burst upon him with " I— I would like to send a message to my that. Don't let them take me away. Just
the sudden and stunning force of a thunder- mother— my brother— my— no— no! let it let me stay here with you."
bolt. pass. I have kept you too long as it is. I " But you couldn't do that, you know,
Human countenances have been seen ex- am ready! "
without joining our army," objected Grit.
Sressing every phase of agony ay, many ; "But, my poor fellow," began the oflicer, "I don't care. The army that's good
ave seen the writhing ot the mortally in a compassionate tone, "any message you enough for you is surely good enough for
wounded, as their life-blood welled out, and would like to send " me," promptly answered his brother.
the horror of the death-struggle fixed on the The youth only shook his head. " But I am not with my command very
cold, upturned faces of the dead but never ; "Then good-by "—sorrowfully. often," said the elder.
had there been witnessed an expression more "Good-by"— almost cheerfully. "No matter. I should see you oftener
terrible and agonizing than that which pass- " Let him swing, boys." than I would if I were sent North, or even
ed over the face of the boy-deserter, as he The order was obeyed, and in less than two went back to my old comrades."
thus heard his awful sentence. minutes the poor boy's soul was in eter- "True, Elmer, and I'll see what our com-
He had evidently regarded himself as a nity. manding ofBcer has to say about the mat-
mere prisoner of war and now h.-^ was con-
; "Mount!" ordered the officer, when he ter," and
as he turned away, he muttered to
demned to death was quite satisfied their work was complete. himself: " At anyrate, I should have the
He had looked forward, doubtless, to mere "Forward! Double quick!" And away they child more under my own eye, and I think 1
imprisonment at Richmond until regularly sped along the road their companions had could see to it that no harm comes to him."
exchanged, when " Hang him to that tree!" passed over. The commanding officer said :

burst upon his ears like some avenging Nem- An hour passed, and not a living soul ap- " By all means, let him join," and he
peared to look upon i^the swinging body of quickly added, " I'd like to enlist the whole
the murdered boy. Southern army in the same way."
Some minutes more elapsed, and then, "But he's very young, you know," sug-
already the rope aroimd his neck— he suddenly, a single individual thrust aside gested Grit.
choked. the undergrowth and made his way out of "No matter," replied the other; "he un-
When he spoke, his voice soiuided like a the neighboring forest. derstands his business, and I'm glad enough
death-rattle. For some moments he did not see the to get new recruits ot that stamp ou any
An instant of horror-struck silence a gasp ; ghastly object almost close to him, for he terms."
or two as if the words were trying to force was looking the other way; but presently Thus it was that Elmer Carroll had be-
their way against some obstacle in his he turned, and then the swaying body caught come a Union soldier. He had joined the
throat. his eye. Northern army out of love for his brother.
Then the sound came. For one instant he gazed upon it, and then Now, here was the end of it all murder- :

His tones were not loud, impassioned, a look of the utmost horror came into his ed—foully murdered as a desei'ter
energetic not even animated. A sick terror
; race. " A mere child— an innocent, unthinking
seemed to have frozen him. When he spoke, "My God!" he gasped, "it's Elmer! mv youth," murmured Grit. " What dastardly
it was in a sort of moan. own little brother ! Now what fiend's work cowards to perpetrate such a shameful act I

" I didn'nt know," he murmured, in low, is this?" Oh that I only knew who were its au-
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husky tones. " I never meant, when I went thors."


with them, to do anything wrong— to fight CHAPTER IV.
" Water ! comrade— bring me water!"
against my own friends. They told me it Grit turned.
was all right so did another. They knew
:
AN AVENGER. The faint cry seemed to come from the
who I was— they had been told I was a It was Grit Carroll, the Union scout, who undergrowtii, not a dozen paces from him.
Southerner— and, so help me God I haven't ! stood gazing up at the lifeless body swinging He listened.
fired a shot to-day. I was in the I'ear with a from the limb of the pine tree, and who ut- " In Heaven's name ! a drink, comrade.
captured horse. Oh general, spare me. I
"
! tered the words at the close of the preceding My throat's as dry as a limekiln."
never chapter. Ah! he saw where the came from now,
There the voice died out and, as pale as a
; His brother! Yes, it was too true, that and hastened forward.
corpse, trembling in every limb— a spectacle He parted the thick underbrush, and just
of helpless terror which no words can de- within saw a Union soldier, stretched at his

scribe the boy awaited his doom. idolized brother Elmer— little Elmer, he had
Stuart had listened in silence; his gaze riv- always called him.
eted upon the speaker, his hand grasping his The poor boy's war history had been brief. bow.
heavy beard, his lips tightly compressed. When his elder brother elder by more — He took off his canteen, and making his
For an instant he seemed to hesitate— life than ten years— was about to leave their way to his side, held it to his lips.
and death were poised in the balance. Then, home on the banks of the Rappahaunock, to The wounded trooper drank eagerly.
with a cold look at the trembling deserter, join the Union army, he had made Elmer "Ten thousand thanks, comrade," he
he said to the men : promise not to take any part in the great said, finished the last drop in
when he had
" Take him away, and carry out the order. struggle but to remain quietly at home, and the canteen. " I feel a hundred per cent
Bv his own showing he's not fit to live." do all in his power to aid and assist their better. will only raise me a lit-
Now if you
^Vith these words he turned and galloped widowed mother. tle, and help me to get
"
my
back against that
off. Grit had no fear that the Confederate tree
once led to the pine authorities would force the lad into their " Of course," and then, as he assisted him,
army, for, he reasoned, if his youth does not " you're Newton, of Burnham's cavalry,
save him, his mother's widowhood surely ain't you?"
The boy who had so earnestly pleaded for will. "You bet; and you're Grit Carroll, the
his lifewitb fear and trembling at once be- He never told Elmer that he was going to scout, and brother of the poor fellow swing-
came aman— a man ready to meet death join the Northern army, for being a dead- ing yonder."
without flinching. It was almost with sad- shot, he had from the first made up his mind "Yes," returned Grit, with a shudder.
ness that those intrusted with the duty tied to act as a scout, and knowing therefore, " Did you see the cruel work done!"
his hands behind him, and placed the fatal that he would be obliged to be much alone, "Saw it all," said Newton, "and I'll tell
noose about his neck. and in his own country, he thought it best you all about it, it you like." , „ ^„
The column had been ordered to advance, that none of his relatives or neighbors should " Wait^let melook atyour wound first.
..nd willingly the troopers moved forward, know his Intentions. " No, no- 'taint no good. If they hadn't
nor cared to look upon the last scene in the Having obtained his brother's promise, he shot my horse, I should have managed to
grim drama. The last, did we say ? Ah, no! went away feeling that all would go on well keep my seat, and so got away. But you
the last bloody scene in that fatal drama at home. see, the beast fell at the same moment that
was not to be enacted for two years— lacking Grit Carroll had not taken one thing into a ball struck me, and so there was nothing
twenty-eight days 1 due consideration, the infiuence of Elmer's for it but to crawl in here, unless I wanted

"Come come, my men!" exclaimed the companions, boys of his own age. to get inside of Castle Thunder, or submit
officer impatiently, as he cast a hasty glance Not long after Grit's departure a regiment myself to the embrace of Libby. 1 thought
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of the alternati for just one moment, and forget who it was from the
coucludecl to it No one missed me— no
it. I suspected When
he had come within a few yards
•1. Hrst, buti wanted to make no mistake in Grit "put his pistol on him," in military
oue dreamed of y heins here, and so I saw the matter. The dirty scoundrel has always parlance, and took him prisoner, calling
'verytliiii^' (liai ;ni~piii(l at my leisure hated Elmer from as long ago as I can re- Newton from the woods to take charge of
saw it fi \'ifz tn ciKi, and when it member—yes, and me too, for that matter.
was all ov. li'' l:i-l iiKiii ride away." Ah! Loren Langford, look out! the avenger The captive had scarcely been conducted
"Newtn iu?.t let me look at youi is on your track— the avenger who will rest into the underwood and placed beside the
wound. 1 neither night nor day until he sees you other, when two men appeared, coming
gerous now ; but it may speedily become hanging where your poor innocent victim from the same direction, and the audacious
by neglect; and, at anyrate, the llow hung!" Grit determined to capture these also.
blood should be stopped." "Eight! old fellow!
don't It to bother you, old "
He called to Newton once more; but that
fellc and anything I can .
worthy was too busy rifling the unfortunate
s what's the matter.
graycoats, and did not hear. He then re-
Dtlier?" said"you Grit, earnestly; " Thanks, comrade, and as I have already solved to capture the two new cavalrymen
know how much consequence your said, I shall avail myself of yonr services by himself.
'- -ne just now— I want to hare you whenever it is possible to do so. Now, if
who that ordered
He accordingly advanced toward them,
i
1
you feel able, please describe all the others when su.idciily another came around the
to be huiifi who had a hand in this cowardly murder." coin. a- ..I III., w.i.i.ls and joined them, mak-
atonce— liul \v;nit iimrc lli-m (hat- ivunt I
I

you to iioiiit iHit I.. 11,,. ,.\(.rv Tiiaii wij.. Ijad (lilt lould riM'iiLiii/.i- but two from his des- Ur still .Itsi.nird attacking them, when
any hand in Ih.' inaltiT. FiL-^t, \\\,- i.ni" whi. 11 ipli.ins. 'riir liiutcnant and most of the another aini.an il, making four and as they
denounced hiui as a deserter, it you can men he could not place. now approached Grit they suddenly drew
;

then those who took charjie of him ami At length he said: their revolvers, and leveling them, ordered
executed the commanding offlcer's orders " "There is no use wasting any more time
Hum Well, I thiuk myself they ought him to surrender.
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to suffer for it, and— yes, I will do all I can


now. We shall visit their camp together He was within h
soon, then you can point them all out to me. his own revolver band.
to help you. Grit." And now it is tinii- we were leaving this coolly
"Thank you, ray dear fellow, I was sure place.Do you fi.'! aid" In rule?" " \Vhat do you mean ?''
you would, and now let me open your "Lord, yes, ol.l f.ll.nv. I'm all right, only " We mean," said the men," that you area
coat." a little weak. Hut wIhm. s there a horse for
Grit examined the wound. He saw that confounded Yankee spy, and you are our
It was not serious, but carefully washed and
prisoner,"
"Mine is cone, othe "r am no spy," was the reply.
dressed it, and then, said woods,"
" I am going to leave you for a ht tie wljil,-,
: theiie sai "What regiment do you belong to?"
I can't let poor Elmer swing fium tliat
'.'n... — th vrir-o-iT,;™ '»

obliireil to'ri.ledc
cursed tree one mimii'iit Ii.n.'ci thin is "Tha 's all ric only I hope we shan't
meet any of the e ay on our way back." " Iliu amands the brigade?"
" I hope not; b arms— I
I'our trust you Fiisl,
were able to save " Kmht airaiii. Where is it stationed'?"
" Here's mv sni " Near Old Tavern ; but a squadron is with
the last thing befi Stuart."
ooov JUS I'lMitiM
ui ititii ^\ lit n
laid"it
lie li id
on .1 Ih d .ill. .ncs.iud liiK (i ^lass hi "Yes. Who commands the flivision?"
went to a 11. i^hliDMiin slieain; .ind, lia\'iTig
" Look here," said Grit,
of course, was v.dio,
liiit all about that. Too throughly acquainted with his role, " I am
hlled his tanli_eii with watei, letuin'ed with (irit, old boy, I thought
It to Newton.
(ired of your asking me so many questions;
the world of that jiece, it was my especial
Alter this, he selected a secluded spot, pet, and now I s appose some oue of the
but I will answer all the same. The
Virginia is in Frisbie's lirigade, Norton's
th —
whei e he was not likely to be observed by Johnnie rebs has n ade love to it."
au> one passing on the rood: aud, having division, and Stuart commands the whole. 1
"I'll take a look Which one of those dead belong to the regiment, and am no spy."
horses yonder was you He's all right, boys," said oneof themen;
" " " '"""" .i"i-i'-'i -..i.i.-»li it by his "The roan. •let I go.
-ilH-r hi- iitiiiind pliM Mhcie he
I

t.. th.. "Good!" and Grit forced his way through


M l.tt tl... 1h..1j .ii„l,,,r-m_' It ten.leily the underbrush into the road.
lu In. aims, uinic.l it Ui it. List resting Newton ?oon Iviid an i-xi'lamatinii nf sat-
place. isfaction, and ii.-; IN
Ah! how gently he laid it in its last nar-
I. 1,1, r,.i r, .;. ...m- ' You
are mistaken," said Grit, coolly.
that his Irii-iiil n ,;.,
" " V.in an^ a Yankee spy !" cried the man.
row home— how affectionately he covered n,,..
.
,
, ,

the dear face and beloved form with green


forth a eaiiiin.' i .

. .
, : ,
-
i
, ; ,,,„. And how do I know you are not spies
The scout liasl. ,..d |,. :. -i,,,.. luin In', ii.s,.- :iud scn-ita from the Yankee army?" asked
leaves and sweet-'imening flowers; then,
l

ful weapou, and then started oh to liud iiis Grit; " you have ou gray coats, to be sure,
with « hat a sit,'li he tliiew in the earth, and own steed.
laisp.l till niiaui.l th it shuwedbut too plain- but let me see your p.antaloons."
He was not long absent, and when he re- "They raised their coat-skirts and showed
turned, he assisted the wounded cavalry- their pantaloons, which, whatever they
man to mount, then taking his own place ju were, were not Federal blue.
the saddle, and requesting Newton to hold " Now show yours," they said.
fast, he started off in the direction of the Grit had foreseen this, and fortunately be-
ing prepared, readily exhibited his own,
VH Vi>TER V. pulled up short, and before which happened to bo those of a Confeder-
sk a single question, begun ate officer.
backing into i liece of woods. "He's one of our officers, boys," said the
'
I
mull, throwing "Dismount, old fellow— dismount as former spokesman.
l.\ the side of the quickly as p.
!iMe," he whispered, "and "Yes, lam," said Grit, "and I'll report
'II III 1 1. II me, please, just in that clump of bushes."
conceal yours. you all for this conduct."
islhalft.ixe the order which cost " What's up asked his astonished com- " None of your talk," said the incredulous
11 other his life.'
rade. cavalryman, fiercely. " I know you are a
al Stuart," answered Newton, "You'll see in a moment," and Newton, spy, and you've got to go with us, and that's
having with some difficulty slipped to the the end of it."
sclaimed Grit you ground, Grit pushed his horse forward a lit- "Very well," returned thr- T^nion scout;
tle way and waited. "the picket |i..-i :-. :ii-i .I..VVI1 the road.
"Dead certain," returned the other con- Presently, a Confederate cavalryman came
I'll
Idently, " I heard hiin called by that name along.
it least a dozen times
" "All riulii :
I

;,iv;and they
" Halt !" exclaimed Grit, suddenly showin" ranged theins.;\.-, «..
"Describe him, jile ise
I .n, .aeh side, with
himself. drawn pistols, ami all rorle liack.
Xi n t.iii at oiLi 1 „i\ 111 niniite— in- The Johnnie came to a dead stand. Grit now plainly saw that it was neck or
"Come in here out of the cold," said Grit, nothing.
sternly. "Noneof that !" he quickly added, If he was conducted to the picket, he
III 1st, setting in a warning voice. " Undertake to touch
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knew that his real character would be dis-


!• 1 .11.1 1
Ilea thing hard. your pistols, or hesitate for an instant to covered, his fate be a stout rope and a short
M iiai t, and mark me, obey me and I Are!" shrift, and that his body would soon be
11- .uder will cost him The unfortunate rebel surrendered at dangling from a tree, as a warning to all
11 tli.it denounced poor once. spies.
" Now, then, Newton, takeehargeot him," Accordingly, he watched his chance, and,
fUyc his name wasn't men- called Grit, and as the Federal trooper came suddenly, crossing his revolver over his
up and took the prisoner's weapons from breast, shot the man on his left through the
Wh did he say?"
It
him, he continued: back a second shot wounded a horse on his
^ he came from the same county, and
11.1
"But just give me that gray overcoat he
;

tliiiik the same part of the county that


right; then, all four shot at him so close
has on, and let me swap horses with him that their pistols nearly touched him.
.Imer did. Said he was a member of the for I think I can do a little business right
;

ime coni:iany that he Strange to say, not a ball struck him


joined. Knew him here, there's a detachment of rebel cavalry He then turned his horseand dashed back,
!

'ell— couldn't be mistaken, and a lot more encamped just above this spot T see." until he was opposite the point where New-
esides." Newton handed him the rebel coat, whic h
" Hum ton was concealed, when he wheeled round,
Can you describe just how he
:
the scout put on after which he mouLted
; and they all stopped suddenly.
)oks?" the other horse, and taking a position on the
"Yes; that's an easy matter enough. He Grit CO Illy crossed his leg over the pom-
road, awaited the appearance of some fur- mel of hill saddle, covered them with his re-
rasa heavy built man, not more than twen- ther prey.
r-two or twenty-three, volver, and said
should think, I He had not waited long, when a second "Now, come on, you cowardly rascals!
iiough Had light hair, and red eyes; a stray cavalryman came along, and sewing Charge m if you dare I'll answer for two
pgular brutal face, with a hungry— almost
eudish look ahoutit. He was "
Grit dressed m
a gray overcoat and Confed- of you the
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first pop."
!

erate accoutremeuts generally, had no fear They ret iiained consulting hurriedly with-
••
That's enough," interrupted the scout. of him.
I've got him dead to rights, and don't you in fifteen laces of him for some minutes,
His conflding simplicity was his ruin. |
and then t .irned round and rode back.
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They had not goue fifty yards, however, " Now, then "cried the scout, "for one commodities belonging to the Federal army
when shame seemed to overcome them and, ;
Forward "and away they rushed
last effort. were found.
n-hirliug round, the three who were un- toward the Union lines. These were speedily appropriated by the
wounded charged him, firing with their pis- The pursuers, seeing there was little men, and the tents were set ou fire amid
tols as they came on. chance either of overtaking or bringing them loud shouts.
lirit cliarged forward to meet them, emp- down, halted, and then, turning, rode sul- The spectacle, as can readily be under-
tyiiiL^ liis chajjibers in quicli succession. lenly away. stood, was animated; but a report having
ivu dead, the other two turned their
"(iiif Having disposed of his i>risoner and cap- got abroad among the marauders that one
horses and fled down the road, Grit pursu- tured horses, and, what was of much more of the tents contained powder, the vicinity
ing them with shouts, and firing upon them consequence to him, found a competent sur- of the spot was evacuated in almost less than
until theyhad almost reached their camp. geon to look after Newton's wound. Grit be- no time.
Again turning, the brave scout's first care gan to think of himself. The whole rebel command was now at
was to secure the dead man's horse. He was taint and hungry, and, although Old Church, where Stuart was to be guided
He then once more returned to the point he hated to confess it even to himself, dead in his further movements l.v circumstancw
where he had left Newton and the pris- tired. He stood alone, with liis head bent for-
The first thing, then, was to find food the ; ward; he was evidently deeply lellecting.
• Come, old fellow," he no said, " there's next, to get a little rest. In a moment he raised his h'ea.l, and tiirn-
time to swap knives with one of now— up Grit, of course, was at no loss to procure ing to one of his aides-de-camp, said ;

the rebs ou my horse, and put the other on the wherewithal for a substantial meal, and, "Tell Fitz Lee to come along— I am going
this one; then, you can have the animal we having satisfied his appetite, he threw him- to move on with my column."
captured first. Be quick about it, or we self upon the ground, in the shade of a These words terminated all doubt, and
shall have a whole squadron of Confederate spreading tree, tor a short nap. those who heard him understood in an in-
cavalry down upon us." He was careful not to oversleep, and, two stant that the general had decided on the
They worked fast, and were all speedily hours later, he was once more iu the saddle, bold and hazardous plan of passing entirely
mounted. riding at a fuiious rate iu the direction of round McClellan's army.
"Now, then," said Grit, addressing the Old Church. "I think the quicker we move now, the
prisuuers. "l want no funny business. If Stuart, having left the fatal spot where better," said one of his officers w-ith a laugh.
i-irl,.i Ml \m;! fi'ilows attempt to escape, young Elmer Carroll yielded up his innocent "Right! replied Stuart, gravely; "tell
"

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- i:ilieruaclequicker than you lite,pressed on with liis column at a rapid the column to move on at a brisk trot."
i:ii; ,
: Understand!"
iMiisou. rate iu the direction of the Tottapotamoi, a So, at a rapid jjace the column moved.
I III j
i-i ;;i ? - nmmated that they did. sluggish stream, dragiiing its nniildy waters
All 11x1. 1, iiieu. Forward!" and away slowly iH'tw.'.'U nish-i'lad banlis lieneath CHAPTER VII.
they dashed toward the Union lines. droopiii;; II' .- ; aii'l r.a.lif.l ii at a jioint
They had not gone far when they heard a where it :- .n.-^•l 1-v a Miiall niMii- l.n.lge. THE SCOUT SHOWS HIS GUIT.
terrific yell liehind them, and. looking back, The " li"l.- Ini.' .iltli.' slr.ani h.' Lmiui, to Stuart's command then had reached Old
at once saw that they were being hotly pin-- his great sati>laiti. n, wascniii .'ly uiiilefeud- Church. It had captured and destroyed all
suaI by at least fifty of the enemy. ed by works. McClellan's right wing was the stores tlieie, and then had started on to-
unprotected. wai.l (lie I'hi' Icahorainy, intending to strike
Stuart had accomplished the great object it at a |H, hit 1" low Long Bridge, and so re-
CHAPTER A")
of his expedition, and felt satisfied that he enlii ilio I 'oiili iterate lines by way of
could pi.ot Jackson over the same ground. Charle.^ City.
"Now, then, Newton, we are in for it, But, for the present, he determined to go Grit Carroll, who seldom failed In any un-
sure," said Grit, casting another hurried ou— as Grit Carroll, the scout, had said he dertaking, had not come up with them.
glance at the advancing rebels, "and th.s would. What was the reason of this 'i*

horse of mine is carrying double, too." A Union picket was stationed at the bridge It was a good and sufficient one.
" I see," replied Newton briefly. — this was quickly driven in, and retired at Grit bad ridden on for more than an hour,
"How do you feel?" asked the scout. a gallop to the high ground beyond, where when, on suddenly turning a bend in the
' Does your wound trouble you any 'i"' Stuart's advance guard, under Colonel W. road, he discovered two cavalrymen just
" i_ih. bother the wound," growled the H. P. Lee, first encountered the Union ahead of him, and the next moment saw
trooper. " Don't think of that, old fellow. forces. that they were Union boys.
Let's get out of this mess.
'
ThcF.'il.'ial-iiiMol r.'l i;.' over a He soon overtook them, and found that
" I would like to," smiled Grit. thousan.l in-ii , '..:-' they were out ou a private foraging expedi-
" How long can your horse keep up that us under Uon.
gait ?" asked Newton. Captain i;oyal He did not volunteer to make known his
"Soiiii- tun.' yet," was the reply, "and I Ther were.li battle the m own business, but agreed to keep them
lanry till-ivbfls won't be iu a hurry to fire fields toreceive the rebel attack. company until they should reach the ford
upi'i'i u- ?o louir as they risk hitting two of It came without
delay. of a broad stream at no very great distance
Placiug himself at the head of his com- ahead.
•Will ing it then, that we've mand. Colonel Lee swept forward at the jjas At length the river came in view.
got dc charijc, and, with shouts, the two lines Just before reaching the stream there were
I'm thinking old Sultan, here, would be came together. two gates, withiu a short distance of each
elad to dispense with the blessing. The shock was heavy, and the Union troops other, which had to be passed. There was a
The pursuing part}- was now drawing stood their ground nobly, meeting the attack feuce on the right side of the road, and an-
nearer and nearer every moment; but, as with the saber. other gate in that, opening into a field.
Grit had foreseen, did not fire. Swords clashed, pistols and carbines bang- On the left there was no fence— simply an
Suddenly, wheeling his horse about, he ed, yells, shouts and cheers resounded and ; open field and a high hill.
sent two shots at thel'oremost of the enemy. then the Federal line was seen slowly to give Grit and his companions, to save time,
Down went the first man, and the ne- way. had made a short cut, and were now coming
reeled in his saddle. Burnham and Royal did their utmost to across the fields to the left at a brisk trot.
"So far, so good," he muttered, and again hold their men together, and keep them up At the very moment they came in sight of
he sped ou. to the work but the enemy had the advan-
; the first gate they saw a rebel officer and
Newton had charge of the other pris- tage in numbers, and the impetus of the at- three men riding through. They also saw,
tack, and so, at length, the Federals broke at a short distance in the rear, several more
and took to headlong flight.
carbine to his shoulder at the same time, For some time they were pursued with ar-
fired. one of Grit's companions.
Down went another man, and the onward " Fight," responded Grit, setting.his teeth
dash of the Confederates was momentarily peared from their faces at sight of a specta- tight together.
cheeked. cle which greeted them. "All right!" exclaimed the other two in a
"Now, grayback," said Newton, to his Captain Lataue, of the Essex cavalry, and breath.
charge, " we must show them our heels in probably one of the best known and best be- "Then close up to receive their charge,"
dead earnest," and away they went, like the loved officers of the Southern army, had warned the scout.
wind. been mortally wounded in the charge, and The rebels, |having passed the gate, and
Again and again the pursuers came within as the men of his command saw him lying been joined by their comrades, pushed on
pistol-shot,and each time they received a bloody before them, many a bearded face toward the three Union men, who, instead
dose of lead from Grit's revolver and New- was wet with tears. of running, as the rebels expected they
ton's carbine. The scene at his grave afterward became would, drew up in line to receive them.
At length, losing all ijatience, they return- the subject of a great historical painting, by "Charge!" cried the rebel officer; and at
ed the fire. Mr. Washiugton, called "The Burial of La- them they went.
The prisoner behind Grit gave a yell of ag- taue;" and I find it recorded that, iu his Grit and his friends .held their fire until
ony, and suddenly unclasped his hands. general order after the expedition, Stuart the rebels were within five yards of them,
He could not fall, for he was fastened se- called upon his command to take for their —
when crack— crack crack! went their re-
curely to the back of the saddle. watchword iu the future, " Avenge La- volvers, and one of the enemy bit the dust.
Grit turned around and looked into his fane !
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face. Captain Royal, of the Federal forces, had


" Where did the bullet strike you ?" he also been badly wounded, and several of ing them to surrender.
asked. his men killed. For a time they refused, ami fought des-
The man did not answer, but stared at him A
Dutch cavalryman had fallen from his perately but the odds beings. .much against
;

as if he had not heard. horse, and lay writhing with a bullet them. Grit s companions at last called out
The scout repeated the question. through the breast, biting and tearing up that they would surrender.
Thru 111.' other's lips moved, and a torrent the ground. He called for water, and a ne- The otecer now supposed the light was
of Mm. ul .:u>ln'.l from his mouth. The next gro ran to a house near by to bring him over, when suddenly Grit thrust his pistol
iiistiuit Ills . y.'lids dropped, and hin head fell some. On returning, he found a destitute right in his face and fired— so close, indeed,
rebel trooper robbing the dying man of his that the powder burned his ear.
fell:iw!" mut- spurs How the man escaped with his life is a
. jnd he unbucl Surely, war is a hard trade 1 wonder.
that held him By Stuart's command, Fitz Lee now As he fired, the scout dashed away, and
With a dull, heavy thud, the d.ad man fell pressed on, and burst like a whirlwind into two of the rebels pushed on after him to cut
to the ground, and the horse bcauded for- the camp near Old Church, where large him off from the gate.
ward as if relieved of a burden. supplies of boots, pistols, liquors, and other The officer was terribly enraged, as may
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readily be supposed, aud rode at him full warmly, " And your name
speed.
so is Charley-
Charley what?"
Grit fought desperately, killing one man "Charley Clayton, and this is my very
and wounding another. Then three more Don't fur sartin shuah, sah."
came up.
particular friend, Tom Merrett, a rightroyal "All right, my
boy," said Grit, with great
good fellow, and true as steel." satisfaction; "and now, when Lieutenant
Seeing himself now completely hemmed " I can well believe it. Now hurry
in, the scout lowered his sabre, which he
let us Dunbar and his men have gone, will you
on." come here aud let us know ?"
had drawn, and called out that he would They put their horses to a trot, and in due
I

surrender. "Yes, sah."


time, having reached the ford, crossed it "Do you see
'
The ofhcer, with flashing eyes, rode up to that?" and the scout held up
without difficulty, and then took the most a silver piece. '^
him, aud shook his flat at him, gritting his direct road leading to Old Church, which,
teeth. Again the boy's eyes rolled in his head, and_
on account of the wide detour they had been this time until nothing but the whites off
"You
scoundrel!" he exclaimed. "You obliged to make, was still many miles dis- them could be
.black-hearted villain! to (ire on me after seen. f
" Yes, mas'r, I sees dat,"
he affirmed.
surrendering I am almost tempted to blow
!

your brains out with my pistol!" How m the world he managed to do it


"Not so
fast!" said Grit, coolly, /hadn't CHAPTER VIII. under the circumstances is a wonder.
surrendered before, I want you to under- JEFFERSON WHITE APPEARS ON THE SCENE. "All right," said Grit " if you keep quiet, ;

stand!" For several hours the three horsemen kept


"You lie!" cried the officer, raising his
go, and
on at the same steady trot, aud then they yours."
pistol. stopped by the side of a beautiful stream to " I'll do sah— I'll do it— shuah."
Grit was too quick for him his was al- rest and refresh themselves.
it,
;
"Then with you!"
m the twinkling of anand
ready raised. off the boy
Presently a confused sound reached their gone
Crack !— and down went the officer like a ears, which quickly brought Grit to his feet.
eye.
sack of meal. "Can we trust him?" ai Tom,
"We've got neighbors," hesaid, " Charley, quickly.
"Curse you!" exclaimed a sergeant, dash- you and Tom lead the horses a little deeper
ing forward, while all the others, excepting "I think we can," answered the scout;
into the underwood, while I go forward and and yet, I am not going to do so implicit-
the one in charge of the two prisoners, joined reconnoiter."
him. "Curse you!— take that!" and he ly I am going up to the house myself, and
They hastened to comply, while the scout ;

that, too, right away."


fired a shot from his pistol. quickly disappeared in the direction from " Cau you do so in safety ?" asked Charley,
It missed and the next moment Grit's
; whence the sound had come.
saber descended and cleft his head open. an.xiously.
Then, quickly pushing forward agamst an-
He was absent for some time. At last his "Of course," was the reply; "watching
companions heard approaching footsteps,
other, he knocked him from his horse. and on looking up, beheld Grit coming to- the movements of the enemy is a part of my
Instead of making off, as he easily might, ward them leading a young darky by the business, you know;" and Grit once more
he next turned his attention to rescuing the disappeared in the direction of the house.
two prisoners; and, dashing forward, made "You see, I thought it would be as well for This time he was gone much longer, and
a stroke at the trooper in charge. us all to take part lu the examination," he when he returned, he reported that the in-
It missed him, but wounded the horse, said, quietly. formation they had obtained through Jeff'
which, with a loud snort, bounded off, carry- " Where did you manage to pick up that was correct.
ing his unwilling rider with him. piece of ebony?" asked Tom, curiously. He had counted thirty cavalry horses,
"Now, then!— quick!" exclaimed Grit. "Just beyond the edge of the woods, off in and had seen Lieutenant Fenton Dunbar at
We can'tgo through the gates; let us wheel
'
that direction," responded Grit. "He be- one of the windows of the house. Jeff was
around, and make for the upper ford." longs to a mansion-house, which is just vis- true to them, he said, and had not given the
"But my arms!" said one of the men. ible from there, and where I more slightest hint of their being in the neighbor-
"They've taken my saber and pistols." than sus-
pect there's a body of rebel calvary at
"You'll have to let them go," rejoined present." Do they she any signs of going?" asked ' '

Grit, startmg off, Charley.


"How's that, Ebony?" demanded Tom.
"No!— by a thundering sight, I won't!" Dat ain't my name, sah," responded the " No and I am thinking that as soon
and the daring fellow actually sprung from little darky as it ;

with much dignity. is dark, we can safely push on by avoiding


his horse, snatched up a saber and revolver,
"What is your name, then?" asked the road past the house."
and regained his seat before the rebels could Charley. "Then let us do so, by all means" ex-
oppose him. Then, with a parting shot, he "Julius Caisar Jefferson Hannibal Setback claimed Tom.
'

galloped off to rejoin his companions. White, an' dey calls me Jeff fur short." "We will; but I must manage to see Jeff
" Well, that was a mighty close share," he
"Lord, what a name! Well, we'll call first and give him his silver piece, or at some
laughed when he had overtaken them. Then, you Jeff for short,
too. Now then, Jeff, how other time he might be tempted to do us or
addressing Grit
"By Jove! comrade, you're a regular many soldiers are there up at the house?"
"Reckon dar's 'bout fifty or twenty, sah."
some of our comrades an ill turn."
He hardly ceased speaking when the little
trump. If It hadn't been for your genuine " Fifty or twenty ? That's definite. Can't darky presented himself, and what was of
Yankee pluck we'd have beeu in limbo you hit any nearer than that?" quite as much importance, he had not come
" Perhaps," rejoined Grit, calmly; "but I
" Wait a moment," said Grit, " let me
handed. put empty
don
a question or two; where are the horses, From a clean towel that had beeji careful-
t happen to be a Yankee, all the same."
"Not a Yankee! What Jeff'" ly wrapped around it, he produced a nicely
the deuce are you "Dey's de picket fence, sah."
tied to cooked chicken, and from a basket, he
thenV" "How many men stay with the horses ?" brought forth other and innumera-b'le
"A Southerner— a native-born Virginian The boy considered for a moment, then he dainties.
and, for that matter, my home is notso very said
many miles distant— over yonder;"—point- "Where'd all these good things come
"Four, sah." from, Jeff?" demanded Grit, with a show of
mg in the direction of the Rappahannock. "Wait!" put
'Jehosophat! that gets me. 1 didn't know many IS four?^ -
in Charley,., suddenly.
.,. How sternness.
there was a Southerner of your regular out " As many as yous
"Mammy sent 'em. I tole her dat 'free ob
and out bluestripe in the Union army." one more," prompt- i Mas'r Linkum's sogers am hid down hyer,
ly answered Jeff. an' she sent all dese yer wid her lub."
'; Then you have much to learn," said
Grit, "for the fact is, there are many of us— the
"Good!" said Grit and now, where are "Bless the dear old gal!" and Charley
rest of the men?' Clayton at once produced a silver dollar,
yes, a great many— and the Union is just as
"Some
dear to us as to you. Look at General piazza, ob 'em's in de house— some's on de which he earnestly entreated Jeff' to give
an' some's lyin' under de trees on de to his mother with his undying affec-
Thomas, he is a native Virginian then there ground." ;

IS Anderson, and a host of others I tion.


could
name, I tell you, comrade, the South is by "How many are in the house?" Tom also sent her a substantial gift, and
Jeff again considered. Grit gave the boy the promised silver
no means a unit in this unholy struggle." "Dar's Lieutenant Dunbar," he said, at
"I'm satisfled of that now. But say, com- length, piece.
"dat's one." Have you found out anything more
"
rade, how far have we got to go to find that
"What! Fenton
other ford ? The trouble is, we can't be too alry?" demanded Dunbar of Latane's cav- about when the rebel trooners are going?"
long away from camp— eh, Charley ?" the scout. asked the scout.
"1 supposenot," answered Charley "but "Dat's him, sah." " Yes, sah dey's gwine in de night."
for all that, I don't propose to leave our new
"Hum! Well, who else?"
;
;

" Ah that will do. Boys, we will have to


" Den dar's anoder officer, an' two mo' !

friend here until we've seen him safely over sides." be- be on our guard."
the river." Jeff remained with them a long time, m
" Don't put yourselves out on my ac- the Good that makes eight so far. Now, on
" ! fact, until he had seen the last morsel of the
piazza?" chicken disappear, aud until ail the other
count," said Grit, "and yet, I'd like your " Dar's jist twice as many dar."
company for a much longer distance than dainties had vanished forever. Then, con-
"Sixteen. Now, under the trees?" fidentially informing them that he 'spected
that. Having seen what you're made of, I'd " Dar's mo' dar dan on de piazza."
like to have you take part in a little expedi- " How many more?"
mammy'd want him, he departed.
tion I'm engaged upon, and if you'll consent " Don't know— 'free, four."
"That was a regular God-send," sighed
to go with me, I'll agree to make it all right Tom, as he threw the last chicken bone upon
with your commanding ofBcer."
"About thirty in all," muttered Grit. the little heap they had made. " I wish we
We can t go on
•;Cau you do that?" asked Charley, detour, and even without making another could come across a Jeff like this one every
quickly.
then we run the risk of day."
their coming down upon us whenever we " That would be too good— we should
"I think so." strike the road. We'd better rest where we
"It's rather funny," laughed Charley; soon become fastidious," laughed Charley.
"but we've beeu together some time now, "Right," said the scout; "and now, let's
and yet I don't know what to call you." until night," objected get a wink of sleep, so that we may be off
"My name is Clinton Carroll," said the the moment it's dark enough to move in
" Nevertheless, we had better wait," said
scout, quietly; "but I'm generally called safety," and they stretched themselves on
Grit Carroll, the scout of the Potomac." the ground, and Tom and Charley knew no
" This darky— can we trust him ?"
" Lord old fellow, we're heard of you a " I think
more until they were gently roused by Grit,
thousand times. We'll go with you, sure- get back to so
!
but let's see. Jeff, when you ; some hours later.
won't we, Tom?" j the house wha-t are you e
.
.
going
b to " Come, it's time we were oft'," he said, in
tell them there?" j
" You just bet," was the hearty reply. alow tone. "I've found a path that will
Im glad o hear it," exclaimed Grit, The negro rolled his eyes about fear- lead us by the house, without taking us too
near it."
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Without further delay they sprung to hands, and words of commendation and "By all means," exclaimed Fairchild,
praise. heartily. " Mounted, I suppose ?•'
saddle.
For some time they rode ou iu silence. At Tom and Charley turned inquiring glances
on Rrit, who. as whenever anything occur- "Yiiiill find •! --^"I'l sheltered spot for your
length Tom said iir;.. aUiiiL' with our horses,"
••Do you know this Lieutenant Dunbar, red tir.it 111 did not thoroughly understand, cattli- --. I

starti-d to his feet, and became all ami III III. It- a secluded nook in
at (.iiri-
i

••Yes," responded the seout, slowly,


au al. -; Ill- >lr.-ani. . ..

return," he present-
liiMiiaiu Ill-re until I Tij.- -i.iii 1li-i. iH-.l tnri-turn to his com-
linew him years ago; but I hardly think
••
li

ly said, aud then cautiously made his way paniiuis, and having reported that the party
would remember me now. Hi' "iis abou below was a small detachmeut of his own
the age of— ot Elmer— my SjrMiiu-i-. 1 mus down the bank of the little stream, iu the
be more than teu years his senior.
'

direction from whence the sound had come command, and that they would be made
'
heartily welcome, the three, by following a
••
What kind ot a fellow is he r circuitous path, at length reached the shel-,
'•A iiolile fellow— a perfect gentleman teied nook, aud having secured their horses
aud, yes, as handsome as a pieture. That's with those already there, they joined the
strange comparison to make of a man, Ini troopers about the fire.
nevertheless, it's true. No woman eve
•'Lieutenant and comrades," said Grit,
possessed a more strikingly handsome lae deiitly wouiuleii. "permit me to make you acquainted with
They were seated or recliiihig aljout a fire, two brave men— Charley Clayton and Tom
and were busy eating, while one ot their Merrett. I have seen what kind of stuff
thoughtlully. ^ ^^ . number was entertaining them with the the
••la like to have you— but not to-night. narration ot some adventure of love or war. hoih
When he has thirty (Jonfederate troopers at At first, the scout could not make out "That indorsement is quite sufficient,"
his back." through iIh' inlhiL'i', whether they were blue " Comrades, you
••
Right— it wouldn't be best, and, now, or gray Iml Ih'mms iint left long in ' ' said Lieutenant Fairehild.
are welcome."
let's get ou a little faster."
They continued ride on at a pretty
to "Welcome! welcome!" cried all the oth-
••Sure, thi
rapid pace until the break of day, when ers,even the wounded man, whom Gritnow,
silf that's kr
for the first time, observed was an officer.
they once more stopped for a little rest. the voice. Fairehild noticed his inquiring glance, and
Charley now noticed that the scout seemed " Right where, Tim ?" coolly asked the at once said
relieved of all anxiety. lieutenant. " This is Captain Ingold you know him, ;
" In phat I war sayin', sure." I think."
IX. CHAPTER " And what were you saying?" " Captain Ingold yes, I have that honor, !

TIM O'COXXELL ,IND HIS SONG. "Oh, bother! But, sure, that wheriver captain. I am sorry to see you thus. Where
you go, the women, God blessthim, have a — did you meet with your misfortune?"
The morning was bright and beautiful; way av s;it
-

Upon me sowl " At the bridge across the Tottapotamoi.


thesuu had just risen, and the earth, re- We had quite a struggle there."
freshed l>y the heavy dew of the night, was "Liki- .- i ill y" laughed the lieu- " Yes," said Fairehild, "and Captain Royal
lireakiug forth with all its luxuriant fra-
I
I

tenant. Ill :
[I lis a strange compli- was wounded at the same time."
ment villi \ -. '
1. li III pay them." 'Did the rebels meet with any loss?"
i'he liver, which flowed beside the resting
!

".\y, |i-i Ii.iIm/ ilic iiigs, divil a less. May- asked Orit, anxious for information.
be luurd pliat happened to ireself
vi'iiivii Nil irieat loss, was tlie reply; "but we "

uii'iilKillaliii- wanst?" have liiaiil that I'aptain Latane, of the Es-


Look nut for the meat there, Tim. No, I sex (-avail V, was killed."
never did. Well, eo on." •- Is It |i..ssii.li.: His loss will be severely
shadows about "I war comin' along one niorriiir. ji^t as fell ii\ III.- Ciiiiti-.lerates. He was a brave
;aU uees spread their
and the sweet singing birds hopped day war beginnin' to break, whin I si-i-s a s.il.li.'i, aii.l a |ii-rli-(-t gentleman."
slip av a pig throttin' beton-iiie. widunlinily
,,

brauch to branch, awaking the echoes near him; but as ther road war limi-ly. an' '^.; his i-ininiy is ne.xt to mine, you
ud now the coun- meself rather down in lu-art, I tlmimlit.
--
\h M's; to be sure."
!

-Niiiv, then, gintlemen, will yez be atiu'


siiiiiiiliiiiu-? Sure, ther mate is ready," put
ill 'run, at this moment.
'- ( If i-niii-se thev will," said the lieutenant,
••and at the saiiic time. Tiin, you might
favor us with auotlu-r of your stories. Iu
that way we shall make sure you are not
;,ud
getting "any more than your fair share of
me. I turned round, an', by the blissed this extra supply ot victuals."
the lilackeued ruins of a liaru or dwelling. war Sir Godfrey himself war on
loight, it '•Arrah! now, it's cunning ye air, litten-
As they left the road, followed by Stuart's aut; but, sure, I'm not falin' up to a story
column, aud kept along the river's bank, the
track of the euemy became gradually less
•'
Sir Godfrey ? And who was Sir Godfrey, jistat presiut, sor." .

perceptible, and the country, uninjured by Tim?" 'Then give us a song, Tim," cried out one
"Sure, thin. Sir Godfrey Clanricard him — of the men.
that owned morn half the country." "A song, is it? an' sure, do ye think that
'•Ah! I see; and probably he owned the a man can >ing whin his heart's too low for
ed climate. him to be tillin' a story? Go way wid ye,
The tall corn waving its yell^
.

gold. pizas well?"


vni •Yes; bad luck to his hooknose. Phat ye .mtiim-iit about ye at all at all."
fleeted like a sea the clouds that
I

,-a:.l ill. other, "tellusabout


slowly above it. The wild Uowers and U;il- •ari-vedoiu' there, me foine fellow?' says Ill,

Phat'a that ye have dhraggin' there the gi'iii rai^ -i-i -in-law, and how your
inia grew thickly arouud, ami tin- r;,iilr
i
hi-
.

frieial, till- lai. lain, ^oi li-r to sing a song at


stood basking in the clear streams, while behind ye?'
" A boneeu, sor,' says I, Isn't he a foine thegi-ni-iars ^laml |.art\-.'
some listless darky lounged upon the bank ' '

crayture?— av he wasn't su throublesome.' '•To till- ilivil \\ Hi .-,' .Tied Tim. "Sure, \

beside them. " Throublesome— throublesome— phat do woulil VI- III- s.-in. in' nil- into telliu' a story
Strange as all these evidences of peace and '

the •camps° "*


*" *''" of ye mane?' an' sin-in' a son- al ^^all an' ther sametime,
tranquility were, so
my "'.Tiist so,' savs I, 'Isn't he parsecutin' whin Tin b ilin lliai bad that I cud cry?"
I

the liiifr mil a\ me the whole mornin', fol- ••Wbals till- niatti-r. Tim?" rather un-
ot a de lu-uteuant.
l,,nin' nil' ai I'lii iMiywhere I go? Con- guai-.l.-.llv a-ki-.l ili.-

trai\ lia-i.-- ! la \ al^^ avs war.' •'Wbv,' sun-, sol-, responded the Irish-
;i
'! iliiv an' part company.
l\ i-i N •' I
I
man, -rM-.iisi that this isther i-.-ini-niliered
my liaiiil, imi w li-iinidin',' says he; ' or i I
anuivei^ary av the death av me poor old
mavlia ir- 111'- -auii' iiiil viiiril be comin' to, grandfather."
aii-'imt inn--- lni-t i-illiii-: ail- faix, I tuk his "Is that so? Pray what was the matter
aihiiii-i-. an' \ . si i-, li 1-1 iiiant, darlint, it's 1 with the old gentleman?' asked Fairehild,
list as I warVavin', tlii-v'ii- loike the wom- with a great show of interest.
1-11. till- li-a-l thing iu loi'fe is enough to bring " Why. thin, I jist disremember all about
thi-in at us, av ye only put the eome-
tlii-i- ther complaint but I'm thinkiu' he had a ;

fall from a scaffolding, an' broke his neck."


Thi- rnai- nf laughter that greeted this de- "How was that, Tim?"
iioueuii-iit had not subsided when Grit sud- I'Whv, sin-t-, tbin. there war a rope arouud
denly stoi'il aiming them. it an' 1 1
li I. li. .1 il I.i -intlemau up short,
i-xclaimed Lieutenant af.in.K , .i:i-. M-. .-..i.nd."
ail III! !' I.I •

••(ii-it
.mil now
(
there
Fain-hilil, in a well pleased tone, "where in
I .

I
.
I

thewiiild iliil vim ilnip down from ?" •,.,. . .


,, ; I II >i..ry and song.
Till- M mil sili-iitly pninti-il tn the elevation This iiino inn ~li..wiil no inclination to
dei-liiii-: but turning to the oflicers and
new
\n' Mill-, 1- thri-i- aiiv more av ye up
hell-, iii-u .Mi^tlll-l 1,1 i|i ili-manded Tim. - '
""•'Yi'-'uui.st k'l'iin'v, tiiii'n that this I'm tellin'
I
some time ago, afore
,

luiilin
Bei-;iii>i- ii\ ilii-ii-i-^, bi-plazed to let thim ye, happi-ni-d in 1

comeiliiHii 1.1 wanst, an' not be froightenin' liver thought av swate country. s.-i-in' this
"A in fact- con-
the loili- nut ii\ a man by comin' amongst big otliiii--a ^dni-i-al,

them Tlirough the thick nected wid tlii-r -i.vi-innient, had a regular
out an' out sisti-r-iii-law. whom he had
1,1 ,M. ii.- : Ill

asioual glimpses of the blue Again a mai .-1 i:iii-_'liler went up.
niver seen, an' av whom he war as much
^iKid.^.'iui' I

sky ciiuld beseen and the glittering rays of "Will ip ,. . Ill iiti-nant," said Grit,
liiinselt heard, " I afeered as if she war ther divil himself, an'
the sun as they streaked the river with assoiin: 'I' iki-
for good raisons, too, for sure she war a
gold. have!" I
,
I
I- aliiivi-lliere, if whom,
'': tills good com- queer wan.
Presently, while they were eating tlieir itispt-i. .:-!' aiili- 111 ,
Y'e see, years afore, the gmeral had mar-
, ,

noonday meal, the sound of laughter came pany 1 -li'iil -' I" introduce among •'

ried a pretty Irish girl in Dublin, an' thm


!

to their ears, followed by the clapping of


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cone right away to London, where his wife
'lied, an' that's why he hadn't seen mueh av
her family but he'd heard enough av thim,
;

ye may he sure av that. and throu-ii pla.n, nnw ,-pr.adin;;- int.. >..nie
" Well, he came Imek, an' whiu he tuelj
up his risiileiu'i' ill Diililin lie concluded to •Oh,' says I an eddyiuj; strcain, with mossy rocks and
f-'iveapraiiil parly: l.ut lir didu't send his Myo' waving tn-.'s darkening over it.
sister-hi-law, .\Ii>s Maiaii, ivho was livin' 'Oh,' says 1 3 mv Molly Male
There was lint a cabin, however lowly,
thought so St]
down in tlie west, an' invitation, but some ,11
where tlie net of the ti.sherman was stretch-
[wan else, out av (!i\iliiit'ut did, an' sure, she upou the sward, around whose hearth he
fame. did not picture before him the faces of,
j
"Now
ye oupht to be linowin' that this happy toil and humble contentment, while,!
Isame Miss Maran war a lady av about forty from the deserted mansiou orruined hall, on
or more, liut that she war always thinkin' bank or hillside, he imagined he could hear
she war as swatc an' innocent a child as wan the ancient sounds of cood cheer and wel-
av less than tninty. an' that all the young Not wrong come.
fellows war wantin' to make love to her. And< J comfort i
As he wandered on, he reached the nar-
But Strong
"Well, as I war sayiu', she came to the If for widows you di
:

row path which led downward to the river-


gineral's grand party, an' a friend av me Ijearn to ktjis, not to siyii. side; and. on examining further, perceived
own, wan Captain Powers, an aide to the For they're all like sweet Mistress Malone,
that in tliis iila.c th.'str.-aui was fordable;
gineral, determined to have some fun out av Oh, they're very like Mistress Malone." ahugetlat r...k, niliii- up a ^r.'atpartof
her, knowin' mighty well how it would an- To explain the air to which Tim snug this the river l.r.l. ....npi.-.l tl..- nii.l.ll.-, on either
noy her brother-in-law, an' tickle the com- song would be impossible; indeed, I am in- side of whiili till. cuiTcut ran witli increased
pany. clined to thiuk it never had a name but, at ;
force.
" Well, he made much av her, an' tuck her Bent upon exploring, he descended the
tlie end of each verse, a species of echo fol-
down to supper, an' thin he found a place lowed the last word, that rendered it irre- and was preparing to cross, when his
cliff,
for her in wan corner, an' when he thought sistil)ly ridiculous. attention was atti-acted by the light of a fire
the right time had come to bring her out, so The boys yelled and shouted in their mer- at some distance from him, on the opposite
to spake, he began his blandishments in dead riment some even rolling over aud over on side of the narrow stream that fed the river.
;
earnest. The first those about thiiii kn.u- ground In their paroxysms The flame rose and fell in fitful flashes, as
tlie of laughter
av what war goin' on, war whin tiny sud- and delight. though some hand was ministering to it at
denly heard a simperin' faymale voii-f, .x- It was some time before the lieutenant the moment.
claimin' could make himself heard but at last he As it seemed impossible, from the silence
"• Don't, now— don't, I tell ye; it's little managed to ask
;

on every side, that it could proceed from au


ye know Galway, or ye wouldn't think to " Well, Tim, what did the general and his encampment of any great numlier of the
make up to me, squeezin' me fut.' friends think of that song ?" enemy, he resolved on approaching it and
" Upon my soul, you're au angel— a regu-
'
examining it for himself.
"Sure, thin, sor," said Tim, "niver did
lar angel,' says ther captain. 'I never saw
song create such a sinsation as that same wan He knew that the negroes sometimes built
a woman suit fancy before,' says he. my av Miss Macan an' certainly her desires as
;
fires on the river banks. It was not impos-
"'Oh, behave, now,' she cried. 'Father to the chorus were followed to the letther, sible, too, that it might prove a guerrilla
Magrath says '

for 'the Widow Malone, Ohone!' resounded party, who frequently, in small numbers,
Who's he ?' a.xes ther captain.

'
from wan ind av the table to the other, amid hung upon the rear of a moving column.
'The priest; no less.' she says. wan universal shout av laughter the same — Thus conjecturiug, he crossed the smaller
"'Oh! confound him,' cries Powers. as it did here. stream, and, quickening his pace, walked
" Confound Father Magrath, young
' " None could resist the ludicrous effects av forward in the direction of the fire.
man ?'
her melody, sure an' aven the poor gineral,
;
For a moment a projecting rock obstructed
"'Well, thin, Judy, don't be angry; I sinkin' under the disgrace of his relation- progress; and, while he was devising
only meant that a soldier knows more av ship—which she had contrived to make pub- some meansof proceeding further 5 sound
these matters than a priest,' says the cap- of voices near him arrested his attention.
tain.
"
He listened, and was sure the speakers
' Well, thin, I'm not so sure av that,' she in the mirth around him were soldiers, but as yet could not tell to
tells him; 'but anyhow, I'd have ye to ri- " Well, we ought to hate a drink after that which army they belonged.
member it ain't a Widow Malone ye have —don't "you think so, captain ?" said Fair- He now crept cautiously to the verge of
beside ye.' the rock and looked over. Before him was
" Niver heard av the lady,' says Powers, child. Tim, fish up two or three of those
'

bottles out of the stream. We'll see if we a little shelving strand beside the stream,
says he. and here he now beheld the figure of a
can't do justice to the governor's wine."
" Sure, it's a song— poor crayture it's a
'

song they made about her in the North


— " I'm quite willin'," grinned the Irishman, Union cavalryman.
as he started to his feet. He was in the uniform of a common sol-
Cork Rigiment, whin they war quarthered dier, but wore no arms. Indeed, his occupa-
down in our country,' she tells him. tion at that moment was anything but a
"'I wish to Heaven you'd sing it,' cries CHAPTER X.
warlike one, he being leisurely employed in
Powers. IN THE UNION CAMP.
collecting some bottles of wine which ap-
'•'WhatwiU ye give me thin, av 1 do?' Lieutenant Fenton Dunbar and his detach- parently had been left to cool within the
she whispers. ment of cavalry did not leave the mansion stream.
• until some hours after Grit Carroll and his
' Anything— everything— my heart, my "Confound it, Tim!" said a voice in the
life,' says the captain. companions had departed from the vicinity direction of the fire; "what are you delay-
Ah would ye now, darlint ?'
" '
!
but then, anxious to overtake the main col- ing for?"
"'I would.' umn, they pressed on with all speed until "Sure, thin, I'm comin', sor," said the
" An' would ye give me that beautiful
' about one o'clock, when they reached an in- other; " but, be ther powers I can onlj' find !

green nng on yer finger beside?' she asks. viting spot by the side of a pleasant stream, five av ther bottles. Wan av them seems to
" " "
" " a where the lieutenant ordered them to halt. have been carried away by the sthream."
for At the plantation they had supplied them- "No matter," rephed the other. "As I
your promise.' selves with something in the way of rations, told you, we only want two or three of them
"'May be me brother-in-law might not aud, when the lieutenant had eaten his fru- now perhaps you can find the missing one
;
like it,' she objects. gal meal, he wandered forth alone upon the later."
"'He'd be delighted,' says Powers; 'he bank of the stream, now standing to watch The only answer to this was the muttered
jist dotes on music' its bold sweeps as it traversed the lovely chorus of an Irish song, of which Dunbar
"'Does he, now?' valley before him, now turning to catch a could only make out
" On my honor, he does,' declares the
' passing glance at the camp-fire, and the " For they're all like sweet MistTe^s Malone,
wicked captain, gravely. hardy features which sat around.
" Well, moiud ye get up a good chorus,'
' The hoarse and careless laugh, the deep- Oh, they're very like Mistress Malone \"
she says, 'fur the song has wan, an' here toned voice of some old campaigner giv- This was interrupted at intervals by im-
it is.' ing forth his tale of flood and field were the precations on the missing bottle.
"'Miss Macau's song!' cries Powers, tap- only sounds he heard; and gradually he It chanced just then that a slight clinking
pin the table wid his knife. strolled lieyond the reach of even these. noise attracted the lieutenant's attention,
" Miss Macau's song !" was echoed an' re-
' The path beside the river, which seemed and, looking down, he perfnived at the fpot
echoed on all sides; and before the unlucky worn in the rock, was barely sufficient for of the rock the prize the other s..ught for.
gineral could interfere, she had begun. the passage of one man, the underwood It had been, as he conceived, carried away
" An' this is phat she sung," continued growing along its edge being the only de- by the eddy of the stream, aud -nas borne,
Tim: fense against the precipice, which, from a as a true prisoner of war, withiu the Con-
Did ye 1 > Widow Malone, height of full twenty-five feet, looked down federate's grasp.
upon the stream. From thismoment his interest in the scene
own av Athlone. Here and there some broad gleam of sun- became considerably heightened. Such a
Oh she melted the hearts
I
light would fall upon the opposite bank, waif as a good bottle of wine was not to be
Of the swains in thim parts, which, unlike the one he occupied, stretch- despised in circumstances like his; and he
So lovely the Widow Malone, ed out into rich meadow and pasturage, watched with anxious eyes every gesture of
So lovely the Widow Malone. broken by occasional clumps of beech and the Impatient Irishman, and alternately vi-
'
Of lovers she had a full score. holly. brated between hope and fear as he neared
River scenery had ever been a passion or receded from the missing bottle.
with him. He could glory in the bold and "Let it go to perdition," shouted a voice
From the minister down broken outline of a mighty mountain- he from the fire, "Captaii Ingold and Grithere
could gaze with delighted eyes upon the
boundless sea. and knew not whether to like
'
the Widow Malone. it more in all till' niiu'lity outpouring of its divil a good bottle av wine, I've no
wratli.ivhru th.- whitr waves lifted their say;" and the Irishman prepared to take up
heads ti> llca\ en, and l.roke themselves in his burden.
foam upon the n..ky liraih, or in the calm At this instant Dunbar made a slight effort
beauty ot its Ipioatl and mirrored surface, to change his position so as to obtain a view
in which the bright world of sun and sky of the rest of the party.
were seen full many a fathom deep. The brauoh by which he supported hiiu-
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however, gave way beneath his grasp
self, place me
"
iu. I dislike to refuse you, and lery played over us for more than half an
without a loud crash. yet hour.
He lost his footing, and slipping downward "Come, come; don't be foolish, that's a "The Confederates gradually slackened,
from the rock, came plumi) into the stream good fellow," said the other officer and, finally discontinued their fire; this was
below. cipline," said Dunl the moment to resume the attack.
The noise, the splash, and, more than all, ing, you know. And then, " I crept cautiously to my knees, and
the sudden appearance of a man beside him, my own men, wnat " looked about. One word brought my men
astonished tiie Irishman, who almost let fall Arruli, now, don't be thinkin' av them," around me; but I found, to my horror, that,
his gathered bottles; and thus they stood intermiitedTim. of a full squadron who came into action, not
eontroutiu^ each other for at least a" couple ' Come, come! added the Union officer
"
a huudred remained; and that I myself, a
;

of minutes iu sileur . "in an hour— in half an hour, it you will mere lieutenant, was now the senior officer.
A
hearty burst of laughter from both par- you shall be back with your men we've ; 'Our gallant commander lay dead beside
ties term"inated this awlfward moment, had plenty of fighting lately, and we are my feet. At this instant a thought struck
while the Irishman, with the readiness of his likely to have enough of it in future. We me.
eountiymeu, was the first to open the ne- know something of each other in the field " I remembered a habit he possessed, in
gotiation. let us see how we get on together around the moments of difficulty and danger, of placing
"Howly Bridget!" exclaimed he, 'phat camp-fire." in his hat a small yellow plume which he
can ye be doin' here ? You're a rebel wid- Resolving not to be outdone in generosity, commonly carried in his belt.
out doubt!" Fenton at once replied " I searched for it, and found it.
"Even so." laughed Dunbar; "but that is " Here goes then Lead the way, lieuten-
! "As 1 held it aloft, a maddening cheer
the very question I was about to ask you; ant." burst around me, while, from out the line,
what are vou doing here?" A moment later he was at the camp-fire. each officer sprung madly forward, and
'Sure, 'thin," replied Tim. "I'll not be To his utter amazement, one of the men rushed to the head of the column.
longiu tiUiu' ye that. Captain Ingold war seated there instantly started to his feet with " It was no long march. With a loud cry
wounded in tbf action at the bridge, an' we the Involuntary exclamation of vengeance, the mass jjressed forward, the
heard liad brought up this way by "Fenton Dunbar!"' men trying to outstrip their officers, and
When Stuart war out of av He scrutinized the man's features closely. come first in contact with the foe.
•-rut jiermission to come iu "Surely," he said, at last, " I have seen " Like tigers on the spring, they fell upon
;iii ^\e found him early this vou before; and yet " —
the enemy, who crushed, overwhelmed,
'
:.ly that, but we came I am Clinton Carroll," said the other, and massacred— lay in slaughtered heaps
^liiid things by the way around the cannon.
I
We're on our
'• bottles. •Clinton Carroll!" echoed Dunbar, "and " A fresh regiment of cavalry came thun-
way to tiie ifUPiai
lai Jiiics now, some tin or a
i dering on behind us, a whole division fol-
dozen sthrouK, wanan a\
t us wid an ugly saber- lowed, many prisoners were taken and the
cut in his shoulder, It ye are the stronger CHAPTER XI.
whole battery was captured.
party, we are, I suppo; your prisoners; if "I sat upon the carriage of one of the
not- " SURPRISED BY GUERRILLAS. gnus, my face begrimed with powder, and
What was to have followed, it would be 'Yes, Fenton." said Grit Carroll, calmly, my uniform blackened and blood-stained.
hard to say, for at this moment an officer, "I belong to the Union army. I fight as I The whole thing appeared like some horri-
who had finally lost all patience, came sud- believe 1 have a perfect right to fight, lor ble dream. I felt a hand upon my shoulder,
denly to the spot. my unalterable convictions. I have ever while a rough voice called in my ear, 'Cap-
"A prisoner." cried he, placing a heavy believed that secession was wrong— more tain, vou've won glory enough for one day.
hand upon Feiitmi Duiibni's shoulder, while than that, a crime; nay, worse than a crime; Remember, from this moment, I am your
with the otlifi ln' lulil liis drawn sword hence. I am here. I belong toBurnham's friend!'
pointed tow a id lii< lir. 'a-t. cavalry. This is my
lieutenant. Permit me "It was General Shields who spoke. This,"
For Dunbar to draw a ]iistol from his bo- to make you acqiiainted with Lieutenant added the brave captain, his eyes filling as
som was but the work of a second and while ; Fairchild. 1 know you both well, and am as he said the words, " this is the saber he
gently turning the point of the Union sure two better men nei ei' met." gave me."
ofHcer's weapon away, he coolly said Lieutenant FaireliiM then introduced his " Sure, thin, the gineral's a thrump," e-x-
'Not so fast, my friend, not so fast! The guest to Captain hifxolil, and, with a wave claimed Tim, flourishing a half-empty bot-
game ia in my hands, not yours. I have only of his hand made him known to the others tle above his head.
to ))ull this trigger, and my men, thirty In about the fire.
number, are upon you whatever fate befals ; Aftei^ this, Dunbar turned to Grit and
me, yours is certain." said: " How do I know anything ahoutit, is it?"
A half-scornful laugh betrayed the incre- " I am
very glad to meet you again, Mr. said Tim. " Why, country-
thin, sure, lie's a
dulity of the Union while the Irish-
officer, Carroll, and while I am an officer in the Con- man av me own, an' so can't be onything
man,"nppareatly anxious to relieve the awk- federate army, yet, permit me to assure you, else but a dacent lad."
wardness of the moment, suddenly broke in that, knowing you and your family so well "Ha-ha! he's got you there, lieutenant,"
with: as I do, I am thoroughly persuaded that laughed Ingold.
'Sure, thin, he's roight, lieutenant, dar- conviction, and conviction alone has led '•1 say, Tim," said one of the men, sudden-
lint, an' savin' vour prcsince, vou're wrong; vou into the Union ranks, and, therefore, ly, "how was it that you got into trouble
we are iu liis power. Tliat is," added he, instead of tliiuking less of you, I honor you shortly after you enlisted, and while you
with a peculiar liisUgrhi. " av he belaves for the step vou have taken, knowing what were on giiaid dutv near the treasury de-
there'sany great triumph iu capturiu' sich a sacrifice it must have cost." partment at Washington ?'
a mess av poor divils as oursilves."
little "Thank you, Fenton," said the scout. "I "Arrah! go way -svid ye now. Don't be
features of the Union officer suddenly
The am very glad indeed, to retain your friend- rakiu' up old scores at this late day," rejoined
scornful expression, and sheathing
lost their shij), and I believe the time is not far distant Tim, with a broad grin upon his face.
his sword with a certain air of resignation, when I shall be able to do you a really " Come, come, Tim," cried the lieutenant
he calmly said friendly turn but, no more of that at pres-
; "tell us all about it. Give us a chance to
" If this be so, fear we uiusl submit.
1 I ent." condole with von man."
have a dear friend heii a bintlier nin. ,r, — Several of the bottles of wine -were now "Well, tliitl, ef ve will have it, ye will;
but, sure, th,ie-> veiy lit tie to t ill. It war
who is badly wounded were it ^.tlieiui eil ; ojiened, and between eating and drinking,
might be different. 1 (ant lly and lea\e Dunliar listened to many a good story. me first e.Kpc rieiiee at fruard-iuouutin', an' I
him, vou l;now; but were he eiilv in a place Atlengtli Captain Ingold raised himself a strutted uloug me beat wid a full apprecia-
of safety, I'd not mind uieeliu!; Iliree, ay, little, and addressed him a question. Fen- tion av ther dignity au' importance av me
even four times our niunber in battle." ton replied, and then ciuiekly continued : position. By an' by a giutleman appoach-
Fentou Dunbar smiled. It was n.it an un- •Do \ on l.now, captain, it strikes me I ed, au, I shouted out at him :

pleasant or sarcastic smile, but rather one of have seen vou before, and not so very long "'Halt!- who comes there?'
rare good humor. ago, either?" " '
A
citizen,' savs he. as mild as milk.
The Union officer sawthesmile and quick- "It is possible," rejoined the captain; '"Advance, citizen, an' give ther counter-
ly iuterjireting it as a good augur.y, cheer- " l)ut I should judge it could only have been sign,' says I, as fierce as I cud say it.
" I haven't the countersign,' he^says; 'an',
fully said : in action." '

"So, then, you'll not make us prisoners " Were you iu the valley recently ?" asked if I had, the demand for it iit this time an'
this time. Am
I not right ?" Fenton. place is something verv strange an' unusual.'
"Prisoners," put in Tim, officiously. " Yes, it was there I gained my company," '"An, liv the liolv"Moses,' I yells at him,
"Shure, thin, he'll do nothin' av the kind. was the replv. fiercer nor" ever, 've don't pass this way at
Come an' take a bite wid us, sor; I'llvinture "Ah aud"it was there I saw you— at Win-
! all, till ve sav Bunker Hill, so ye don't."
to say we'll give ye as good mate as ye'll get ilii-^ter, 1 tUinlv. Tell us about your ijart in "Sure, thin, the citizen seemed ter appre-
up above tliere. In on y case at all, a little the eni^a-enienl, eaijtaiu." ciate the situation, an' he advanced an'
cowUi ihiikin an' a glass av good wine ain't ••
Y.-.-, it -vvas at Winchester," said the cap- cautiously whispered into me ear ther
no bad things in our sarcumstances." tain, i >lleeti\elv. "You should have seen words Bunker Hill jist as if he know'd
' '

Feuton could not help laughing outright th.ni, if vouclidn't. The command iu which thim all the while.
at the strangeness of the proposal. I was a lieutenant was orderod to form close "'Right! Pass on,' 1 says, straightening
" I greatly fear I must decline," he said column, and charge through a narrow ra- meself up, an" he passed. That's all there
" you seem to forget 1 am here at this time viue to carry a battery of guns, which, by a wasaboutit, only ther b'ys got the laugh
to watch, not to join you." flankiug fire, were devastating our troops. onto I e, an made me think I'd got meself
"

"To ther uivil wid yer scruples," cried Before we could reach the point aimed at, into a hape av throuble
the Irishman. "Sure, thin, do both. Come we were obliged to pass an open plain, in Tim's little story created quite a burst of
along now, like a good fellow; ye arealways which the ground dipped for about a hun- merriment. How
long this might have
near your own men, so don't refuse us." dred and fifty yards or more, the column lasted, it is hard to say; for all at once they
"Yes, yes; do come, lieutenant," said the moved on, and, though it descended one were startled into silence by the tramp of
Union officer, cordially " you shall be made ; hill, not a man ever mounted the opposite horses near them.
very welcome." one. A very avalanche of balls swept the They listened breathlessly, and could
Feuton again shook his head. But in pro- entire valley; and, yet, amid the thunder plainly detect in their rude voices and
portion as he declined, they both became and the smoke, the red glare of the artillery, coarse laughter the approach of a body of
more pressing in their entreaties, and at hist and the carimge around them, our troops guerrillas.
beginning to dread lest his refusal might They looked fron one to the other In
seem to i)roceed from some fear as to the oral Shields sent an aide-de-
[I silenceand iu fear.
good faith of the invitation, he said : rders for us to dismount and Nothing could he more unfortunate should
"This really is an awkward position you and in this position the artil- they be discovered.
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Upon this point tliey were left little time "There, Tim," he laughed, "let the poor "to have his artillery ready, and look out
to deliberate for, with a loud cheer, a band
; devil rise. I confess, so far as I am con- for an attack at any moment."
of horsemen galloped up to the spot, their cerned, that appearances were very strong Hardly had the message been delivered,
tarbiues in rest. igaiust me just
against i
when a loud cry arose
The Union men instantly sprnng to their Then, Irishman obeyed him, and the "Yankees in the rear !— Yau':ees in the
feet,and seized their sabers, bent upon guerrilla slowly rose to his feet rear!"
making a resolute resistance. " Well, captain, are you convinced by this Every saber flashed fourc were formed,;

As for Dunbar, his determination was at time that I was not deceiving you V the men wheeled about, when, all at once, a
once talien. The partisan chief muttered some words of stunning roar of laughter ran along the line.
Remaining quietly seated by the fire, he apology between his teeth, and while he It was a canaid !

stirred not for a minute, but, addressing the shook the dust from his clothes and arranged The column moved up again with its
one who appeared to be the chief of the the broken plume of his liat.casta look of flanking parties well out. The men compos-
guerrillas, calmly said scowling and indlguant nieaniiig upon Tim, ing the latter were, many of them, from the
" These are my
prisoners I ; am a Confed- whose rough treatment he had evidently not region, and for the first time formonths saw
erate officer of cavalry, and my party is forgiven. their mothers and sisters.
youder." "Don't be lukin' at" me that way, ye These went quite wild at sight of their
This evidently unexpected declaration dhirty thafe, or 1 11 sons and brothers. They laughed and cried,
seemed to surprise them, and they conferred "Hold there!" exclaimed Dunbar; "no and on the appearance of the long gray col-
for Me more of this." Then in a hasty aside: "Off umn instead of the familiar bluecoats of the
Willi vou. Tiu) off with you!
; See, your Federal eavaliy, they clapped their hands.
fiiciid's Will l.e Iraviiij; you behind," and and fell intii eesiasies of delight. Oneyoung
.|ui.-Klv tiuiicil to llif chief to attract and lady ivas seen Id throw her arms around a
hold Ills alU-utioii, while the Irishman scud bioUief .-.he had not before met for a long
time, buisiiug into alternate sobs and laugh-
replied the leader "Come, captain, come, gentlemen, we
must be friends. If I mistake not, we've The column was now skirting the Pamun-
got something like refreshments at our key, and a detachment hurried off to seize
camp above there. In any case you'll par- and burn two or three transports lying iu
take of our camp-fire for an hour or so." the river.
The invitation was gladly accepted, and Soon a dense cloud rose from tliem the ;

ere half an hour had elapsed, the sudden and flames soared up, and the column pushed
most unaccountable escape of the little
^bid Union party was quite forgotten.
Fairchild, and those with him, turned upon CHAPTER XII.
Dunbar an inquiring look, as though to say
that upon him now their hopes entirely STUART' 8 EA ID .

rested. The most exciting portion of Stuart's raid had been hastily thrown. lay
" Do as he bids you," said the young Con- now begun.
federate; while at the same moment he From the moment he left Old Church it ates were approaching Tunstall's where,
sprung to and gave a loud, shrill
his feet, was neck or nothing —do or di^. He had one doubtless, they woula make a charge; and
to load down their weary horses they knew
whistle, the last echo of which had not died chance of escape against ten of capture or
away in the distance ere it was replied to. destruction. was injudicious.
" Make uo mistake now," said Feuton to The rebel general had decided upon his The advance-guard was now in sight of tie
the Union men; "our safety depends on course with that rapidity, good judgment railroad.
this." and decision, which were the real secrets of There was no question about the affair be-
While this was passing, two of the guer- his splendid efflciency as a leader of cavalry fore them. The column must cut through,
rillas had dismouuted, and, detaching a coil —in which capacity, it is safe to say, he has whatever force guarded the road to reach ;

of rope which hung from their saddle-bow, seldom been surpassed, either in the late the lower Chickahominy the guard here
were proceeding to tie the prisoners wrist to war, or any other. must be overpowered.
wrist the others, with their carbines to the
; He was now in the very heart of the coun- Now ^ as the time to use the artillery, and
shoulder, covered them man by man, the try controlled by the Federals, with theii^ every effort was made to hurry it forward;
chief of the party having singled out Dun- enormous masses upon every side. but, alas! it had got into a tremendous mud-
bar as his peculiar prey. He had driven in their advanced force, as hole, and the wheels were buried up to the
"The fate of young Carroll and a good we have seen, passed within sight of the axle.
many others I could name might have white tents of General McClellan's head- The horses were lashed, and jumped, al-
taught you better," he said, "than to play quarters, burned their camps, and ascertain- most breaking the traces; the drivers swore,
this game;" and then he added, with a grim ed all that he wished to know. the harness cracked but the guns did not
;

smile: "But we'll see, if you are a South- How was he


to return move.
erner, if you can't dance on nothing as well He could not cross le Pamunkey, and "Mine Got in Himmel! lieutenant," said
as the best Yankee of them all." make a circuit ba e had no ])ontoons, a sergeant of Dutch origin to Lieutenant
This riucl sp.'eili luirlv made voune Dun- He could not returi the niiile by which "
McGregor, it don't vos can pe done. Put
bar's I.I 111111 ruia, 'But tl"..- pu.TriUa he had advanced eicni- afterward shust you put dot keg ov vhisky on dot
chief's triuiiii.li ..^.l his ti'rror was sliort- proved, the alarm Tell L'i\en, and an gun," pointing, as he spoke, to a keg of liq-
lived eiiouL-li, f..r scarcely bad the words powering force of iiiiaii Iry, and uor in an ambulance, the spoil of the Fed-
fallenfrom his lips, his when own party, artillery had been rapidly moved iu that di- eral camp, " und dell de poys they can hafe
dashing through the little stream at a gallop, rection to intercept the daring raider. it if they only pull through, und you vlU see
came riding up. Capture stared him iu the face, on both vat will happens!"
The attitude of the guerrillas as they sat these routes— across the Pamunkey, or back McGregor laughed, and the keg was quick-
with presented arms, was sufficient for Fen- as he came he must, then, find some other
; ly perched on the gun.
ton's men, who needed not the exhortation loophole of escape. Then leek place an exhibition of herculean
of the sergeant, who rode foremost of the Such was the dangerous posture of affairs, iiiu-rulai ity which would have delighted
and such was the important problem which
Stuart decided in five minutes. He deter-
Flatten 'em out ! the infernal mined, as we have already said, to make the ed into the
"Whoop!" shouted Tim O'Connell, as, complete circuit of McClellan's army and, ; mud-hole up to their knees, seized the wheels
seizing a heavy stick, he rushed at the crossing the Chickahominy Ijelow Long of gun and caisson loatled down witli ammu-
chief. Then with a whack that was heard Bridge, re-enter the Confederate lines from nition, and just simply lifted the whole out
above the din, he tumliled him from his Charles City. It on his way he encountered and put them on Ui ni ground.
horse, and before he could recover his feet cavalry he intended to fight it; if a heavy The piece whirled on— the keg had been
was upon him, his knee pressed upon the force of infantry barred his way he would dismouuted, and the cannoneers reveled iu
guerrilla's neck. elude, or, if possible, cut a path through it; the spoils they had earned.
"Isn't it enough for ye to pillage the whole if driven to the wall and debarred from es- Tunstall's was now nearly in sight, and an
country, ye dhirty spalpeen, widoutwantin' cape he did not mean to surrender. officer ofthe advance guard came back and
to be murtherin' a little party wid a wound- From Old Church onward it was ixtcrra reported one or two companies of infantry
ed man amongst thim ?" cried he, as he held incognita. What force of the Federals held at the railroad.
him fast to the earth with one hand, while the road was a question of the utmost inter- Their commander, he said, had politelv
he presented a loaded revolver to his face est,but adventure of some description might beckoned to him as he reconnoitered, ex"-
with the other. be safely counted on— tliat all understood. claiming, in wheedling accents, full of Teu-
By this time the whole scene was suffi- At a steady trot, with drawn sabers and tonic blandishment
ciently ludicrous. Such of the guerrillas as carbines ready, the cavalry, followed by the "Koom yay!"
had not been thrown by force from their horse-artillery, approached Tunstall's Sta- But this cordial invitation was disre-
saddles had slid peaceably down, and depos- tion on the York River Railroad, the Fed- garded.
iting their arms upon the ground, were erals' direct line of communication with Then the voice of Stuart rang out
earncsth- 1.. --iiin fi.r mercy. their base of supplies at the White House. " Form platoons draw sabers !— charge!''
!

Leaving' th.' hirl i,i lie dealt with as Tim


. Everywhere the ride was crowded with in- At the command, the sabers flashed, a
should M-i- 111, Duiiliar ordered the others to cident. thundering shout arose, and, sweeping on
rise and Lmn in lino before him. Affecting The scouting and fianking parties constant- in column of platoons, the gray horsemen
to occupy liimself entirely with them, he ly picked up stragglers, and overhauled un- fall upon their blue adversaries, gobbling
withdrew the attention of all from the Union suspecting wagons filled with the most them up, almost without a shot.
officers and men, who, with the single ex- tempting stores. The men swarmed u]ion the railroad.
ception of Tim, remained quiet spectators of In this manner, a wagon, stocked with Axes were quickly applied to the telegraph
the scene nrnnnd lliem. champagne and every variety of wines, be- poles,which went crashing down, and a de-
"Kow's > -Mir tiiin', gentlemen," said Feu- longing to a general of the Union army fell tachment was sent to burn a small bridge on
ton, aii(lr.V>iiiL; lni:old and Fairchild in a a prey to the ever-thirsty graycoats. the railroad near.
whispi-i: -it to \ .Mir horses and away It's ! Still they pressed on. Suddenly, in the midst of the tumult, was
now or Ufvci. Cocd-by !" Every moment an attack was expected iu heard the shrill whistle of a train coming
A warm grasp of the hand from each was front or rear. Colonel Martin commanded from the direction of the Chickahominy.
the only reply, and he turned once more to the latter. Stuart quickly drew up his men in a line
liis discomtited friends, the guersUlas. "Tell Colonel Martin," ordered Stuart, on the side of the road, and he had no sooner
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done so than the train came slowly round a This pause was t.ntal r's store,

wooded bend and bore down. from which the owner 1 F Stuart's

When within two hundred yards, it was officersproudly boastc.i the place
ordered to halt but the command was not was remorselessly r;iiis;i(kcMl, and the edi-
but the stone abutmeuts remained, S9me
;

obeyed. bles consumed, he liiin^i'lf iMt in succession


beef-tongue, pickles, candy, tomato for the river
thirty or forty feet only apart
The eneiueer crowded on all ste.am— the tigs,
here ran deep and narrow between deep
;

train rushed on; and then a thundering vol- catsup, preserves, lemons, cake, sausages,
ley was opened upon the
'•
fiats " containing molasses, crackers, and canned meats. banks.
efflcers and men. In the presence of these attractive com- Between these stone sentinels, facing each
modities the spirits of many rose. Those other, was an aching void, which it was nec-
The engineer was shot by one of Stuart s
and a number of soldiers were who in the morning had said " Stuart is go-
: essary to fill.
staft-otBcers,
wounded. ing to get his command wiped out this — Stuart gave his personal superintendence
The threw themselves upon their
rest
.

movement is madness," now regarded him to the work; he and his staff laboring with
faces; the train rushed headlong by, like as the first of men— and the raid as a feat of the men.
some frightened monster bent upon escape, splendor and judicious daring, which con' 1 A skiff was procured. This was affixed by
and, in an instant, it had disappeared. not fail in terminating successfully. a rope to a tree in the mid-current above
Stuart now reflected for a moment. Behold such is the difference in the views
! the abutments; and thus a movable pier
The question was, should he go back and of the military machine, unfed and fed. was secured in the middle of the stream.
attack the White House, where enormous In an hour the column moved again. They An old barn was then hastily torn to pieces,
were now on the road to Forge Bridge. and robbed of its timbers. These were
stores were piled up, oruot?
The highway lay before them, white in stretched down to the boat and up to the
It was tempting; but a considerable force
the unclouded splendor of the moon. opposite abutment, and a foot-bridge was
of infautrv was posted there the firing had ;

doubtless "given them the alarm, and the at- The critical moment was yet to come. thus ready.
tempt was too hazardous. Their safety was to turn apparently on a Large numbers of the men immediately
The best thing for that gray column was throw of the dice, rattled in the hand of unsaddled their horses, took theii' equip-
to set their faces toward home, and keep chance. ments over; and then, returning, drove or
moving, well closed up, both night and day, The exhaustion of the march now began rode their horses into the stream, and swam
for the Chickahorainy. to tell on the men. Whole companies went them over.
:>VlSoStuart pushed on. to sleep in the saddle, and even Stuart him- In this manner a considerable number
self was no exception. crossed; but the process was much too
He had thrown one kmee over the pommel slow.
CHAPTER Xin. of his saddle, folded his arms, dropped the There, besides, was the artillery, which
IN A TIGHT PLACE. bridle, and, chin on breast, his plumed hat Stuart had no intention of leaviug.
^ the railroad the Confederate raid- dropping over his face, was sound asleep. A regular bridge must be built without a
ers a world of wagons, loaded
came upon His sure-footed horse moved steadily, but moment's delay, and to this work the Con-
m the form of the general tottered from side federate leader now applied himself with
with grain and coffee, standing the road,
abandoned. to side, and for miles one of his staff held ardor.
Quick work was made of them. They were him erect by the arm. Heavier blows resounded from the old
all set on fire and their contents destroyed.
The column thus moved on during the re-
These wagons, however, were only the mainder of the night, the wary advance
guard encountering no enemies, and giving boat, anchored in the middle of the stream,
oi'aiit-coHreurs— the advance guard— of the
no alarm. the men lifted them across.
main body. In a field beyond the stream
thirtv acres were covered with them !
At the first streak of dawn the Chicka- They were just long enough; the ends
hominy was in sight, and Stuart was spur- rested on the abutments, and immediately
They were all burned by these destroying thick jjlanks were hurried forward and laid
"angels" in gray. ring forward to the ford.
It was impassible! crosswise, forming a secure footway for the
The roar of the soaring flames was like the cavalry and artillery horses.
sound of a forest on flre. How they roared The heavy rains had so swollen the waters
that the crossing was utterly impracti- Standing in the boat beneath, Stuart
and crackled! The sky overhead, when worked with the men and, as the planks
night had descended, was bloody-looking in cable ! ;

the glare. Here, then, were the Confederate raiders thundered down, and the bridge steadily
Meanwhile the main column had moved within a few miles of McClellan's army, with advanced, the voice of the general was
an enraged enemy rushing on their track, to heard humming a song.
make them rue the day they had circum- He was singing carelessly, although at
vented them, and inflicted on them such every instant an overpowering force of the
injury and insult. Here thev were with a enemy was looked for, and a heavy attack
" Who here?"
is
swollen and impassible stream directly in upon the disordered cavalry.
"I am," responded one of his staff, whose their front, the angry waters roaring around At last the bridge was finished the artil-
;

the half-submerged trunks of the trees, and lery crossed amid hurrahs from the men,
voice he recognized.
"Good!" he exclaimed. "Where is Col- and then Stuart slowly moved his cavalry
across the shaky footway.
onel Lee?"
" I think he has moved on, general." Federal's approach. A little beyond was another arm of the
" Do you know it " came in the same agi- The situation was not pleasing. river, which was, however, fordable; the
tated tone. All felt that the enemy would be upon water being just deep enough to swim a
"No; but I believe it." them in less than an hour, and death or cap- small horse; and through this, as through
" Will you swear to it? I must know! He ture would be the sure alternative. the interminable sloughs of the swamp
may take the wrong road, and the column Hope was almost gone. beyond, the head of the column moved.
will get separated." Some attempted to swim their horses over The prisoners, who were numerous, had
" I will ascertain if he is in front," said the the river, but both they and their cattle been marched over in advance of every-
were nearly drowned among the tangled thing, and these were now mounted on
staff ofBcer.
" Well, but take care— you roots and snags. mules, of which several hundred had been
do so ; will get
captured."
" Colonel, what do you think of the situa- cut from the captured wagons and brought
"Never fear, general;" and the officer tion at this moment ?" asked an offioer of along.
started on ah ead. Colonel Let They were started under an escort across
not gone two hundred yards in the
He had "Well, captain," was the reply, in the the ford, and into the swamp beyond.
habitual toneof courtesy, " I think
spt-iiker's Here, mounted often two on a mule, they
darkness when hoof-strokes in front were
heard. we are caught." had a disagreeable time; the mules con-
"Halt! Who goes there?" he cried. "That's about the way to put it," mut- stantly falling in the treacherous mud-holes,
" Courier— from Colonel Lee," was the an- tered those standing near. and rolling their riders in the ooze.
swer. The scene upon the river's bank was When a third swamp appeared before
"Is he in front?" curious, and under other circumstances them, one of the Yankee prisoners exclaim-
"About a mile, sir." would have been laughable. ed, with tremendous indignation :

The men lay about in every attitude, half " How many chicken-hominies are there,
"Good!" exclaimed thevoice of Stuart, '

wonder, in this infernal country !"


who had galloped up and the accent was;
overcome with sleep, but holding th( I

one of intense relief. bridles, and ready to mount at th first The rear-guard, under Colonel Lee, had,
If the reader has ever commanded cav-
alarm. meanwhile, moved steadily from the high
alry, or been connected with a body moving Others sat on their horses asleep, with ground, and defiled across the bridge.
at night in an enemy's country, he will easi- drooping shoulders. Some gnawed crack- The hoofs clattered on the hasty structure,
ly understand why Stuart drew that long, ers; others eat figs, or smoked or yawned. the head of the column was turned toward
deep breath, and uttered that single word, Things looked blue; and that color the ford beyond, the last squadron had just
"Good!" Once separated from the main figuratively spread over every countenance. passed, and the bridge was being destroyed,
column, and lost— good-by then to Colonel There was only one man who never de- when shots resounded on the opposite bank
Lee. sponded or lost hope. That was Stuart. He of the stream, and Burnbam's cavalry, to-
" Now my mind's relieved on this score," had never been in such a tight place before gether with Colonel Rush and his far-
said the general to his aid, "there's another but he seemed to rise under the great pres- famed lancers, came thundering down to
matter: has anything been heard of Lieu- sure. the bank.
tenant Fenton Dunbar and his detach- He was thoroughly aroused— strung for They were exactly ten minutes too
ment ?" the hard struggle before him, and resolved late!
"They joined the main body more than an to do or die but he was not excited.
;
Stuart was over with his artillery, and the
hour ago, general." All that was noticed in his bearing to at- swollen stream barred the way.
" That's splendid news. Did he meet with tract attention was a peculiar fashion of The Confederates had won the race.
any losses?" twisting his beard— certain proof with him The disappointed Federals banged away
" Never lost a man." of surrounding peril; otherwise he was cool, at Colonel Lee and his rear-guard, and a
" Better and better. Now let us advance and looked dangerous. parting salute whizzed through the trees as
in dead earnest." He said a few words to Colonel Lee, found the long gray column slowly disappeared.
Pushing on by large aospitals, which, be the ford impassible, and then, ordering his
itsaid to their praise, were not interfered column to move on, galloped down the CHAPTER Xir.
with, they reached at midnight the three or stream to a spot where an old bridge had OBIT AND HIS COXFEDER-\TES.
four houses known as Talleysville and here , fo'rmerly stood. Captain Fletcher Buruham was at his new
a halt was ordered to rest men and horses, Reaching this point, a strong rear-feuai-d quarters, impatiently awaiting the arrival
and permit the artillery to come up. was thrown out, the artillery placed in
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There was a look of care, disappointment —hot for a light- and he knew he could de- The cavalry had now got within twenty
and annoyance on his brow. pend upon his companions, every one of yards of them, and at the head of the col-
At length there was the sound of hastily them. umn rode a colonel well known to Grit, who
approaching footsteps without; and, too So they set out toward the Chimneys, and was surrounded by his staff officers. The
impatient to wait, he at once sprung to the when within a mile or so of the rebel pickets prisoners were in the rear.
entrance to receive his expected visitor. on the other side, took post in the woods It was neither the colonel nor the prison-
Ah!" he exclaimed, in a tone of relief, as where the road suddenly descended between ers Grit wa.s looking out for: he had iu
the person drew near, "you have come at high banks, and gave them an excellent op- mind a certain lieutenant, and a villain liy
last. Grit— I am very glad to see you." portunity to ambush the graycoats as they the name of Langford, as well as some half a
" Yes, captain, I am here," rejoined the approached. dozen others.
scout, calmly; "I came as I received your •rhey waited two or three hours, and still At length his eyes sparkled— emitted fire,
'message." there was no sign of an enemy. Then, tis as it seemed to Newton— and raising his car-
"Well," said Burnham, after a moment's night had come, they concluded to give it up bine as though he had found a mark to his
pause, " was ever any one's plans so for the day, and go across to the home of a liking, he exclaimed
thoroughly upset as mine have been ? From good Union man, with whom Grit was No- " "

the moment that impudent raider started acquainted, and get supper and lodging. a volley which at once threw the rebeli
[la
fired
from the vicinity of Taylorsville, till he dis- They weut accordingly, and had a good into tremendous confusion.
appeared again in the Chicljahomiuy supper, telling their host to get ready a hot The young lieutenant who had liad charge
swamps, I was on his track and yet, what; cup of coffee at daylight, when they would of the execution of poor Elmer Carroll, and
came of it? He has got off almost scot-free try again. ho, perhaps, was the most innocent of all
—actually lost, as I urn informed, only one Soon afterdaybreak they left him in high ho took part in that unholy business,
man, Lataue, wLiie I have lost nearly half and made for the main road again.
spirits, dropped dead— a major, a captain, and a
a dozen from my own company. Grit, I They had just drawn near, in the field, private also fell.
cannot tamely submit to this defeat— this when they saw the head of a squadron of The rebels fairly trembled in their boots,
upsetting of all my plaus. What is to be Confederate cavalry, coming from the direc- and turned their horses to run— thinking
done'/" of the Goldings. they were ambushed by the greater part of
" Find out what his next move is to be, the Union army.
captain, and depend on some one else besides The colonel shouted, "Steady! steady,
MoClellan to give you assistance," answered I ten or twelve men!" and pushed forward. He was a brave
the scout. fellow, but two of the little party were
Fletcher Burnham looked at the speaker forest ready for him.
passe As he got within five yards of where they
the evening before; but this was impossible. were they fired. The skirt of his coat was
" I don'tknow what to make of that man The enemy were so close upon them that if torn to pieces, bis horse was killed, and he
McClellan. Had Hancock, or any of a dozen they started to run they would certainly himself fell, mortally wounded.
other generals 1 could name, been in com- see them— and the pine forest was more As he fell, some of the officers, whose
mand of this maguiflcent army, Stuart than half a mile off. horses had run on by to the front, came
never would have got back to the Confeder- The only thing they could think of was to galloping back and, seeing one in a par-
;

ate lines alive— ah! and for that matter, we take advantage of a rise in the ground, cross ticularly handsome uniform, witli braid on
would have lieen in possession of Richmond the road, and get in some pine bushes- the sleeves, Grit fired and shot him through
just eighteen days ago— that is, directly after short second growth, about as high as a the body, killing him.
the victory at Seven Pines." man— where they determined to open lire They might easily have got off in the con-
"I believe you, Grit," said the captain; upon them. fusion now, had it not been for a woman
" but you know we mustn't say such things Accordingly, they ran across as hard as who saw them when they were scudding
aloud." they could, and passing by a small house, got across the road.
" But I tell you. Captain Burnham, I am in the bushes. "The enemy were coming on " Oh they are only four
! men They are !

getting out of all manner of patience with rapidly, and they held a hurried council of only four men, I tell yer!"she cried, vin-
the way this campaign is conducted, and I war. diotively, at the top of her voice.
am not the only cue either." " What do you say. Grit," asked Charley The enemy, as soon as they heard this,
" We must submit to the powers that be, Clayton; " are we to let 'em have it? rallied, and threw dismounted men into the
for all that. Grit," said the officer; "andnow They're a pretty strong force, you know." bushes after their hidden foe; it seemed as
tellme, how do you expect to hud out what " Let me
hear what the rest of you have if they were down and in the pines in less
Lee's and Stuart's next moves will be?" to say first," rejoined the scout. "What's than a minute.
"I have thought of that," said Grit. "I your idea, Tom?" Sid Newton had been shot through the
shall go into their lines again." "I you ..hat, boys," exclaimed Tom,
tell fleshy part of the left arm, and Charley
"Alone?" quickly, "it won't do for us to let them get Clayton had been slightly wounded in the
" No if I can arrange the matter, I want
; by without doing them some damage. They side.
to take three men with me." have been up there robljing and plundering, No time was to be lost, and they made a
" Who are they?" and making prisoners of our men, and, I for break for the big pine forest, where Grit ex-
" Sid Newton, of your command, and one, intend to fire into them." pected to be able to escape.
Charley Clayton and Tom Merret of Royal's " Ah and what say you, Newton ?"
! They could not reach it^the flankers com-
company." " I think I can settle this question," said ing in and cutting them off— and soon they
"That can be arranged. When do you Sid Newton, quietly. found that they were completely sur-
wish to start?" " As how ?" asked the scout, wonderingly rounded.
" Early this evening." " I recognized two men in the squadron." Grit got separated from the rest, and was

" But Newton he was wounded the other " Who are they?" asked Grit, his face in- running about trying to find an opening to
day— is he fit for such an expedition ?" stantly becoming pale with emotion. escape, but they were all around him. He
" Yes, he seems to lie pretty much all right, " The lieutenant and one of the men who could hear their angry howls as they closed
and is mighty anxious to start out with me,
I can tell you." there were others of the party.' " Hi, yi here they are, bovs
! Bully for !

" Well, I'll give you a line to Royal, or "We —


stay here at least I do," said the us! Give it to 'em! Give 'em blue brim-
!"
whoever's in command of his company. By scout, hoarsely. "I shall fight, and die if stone and death
the way, how is he getting along?" necessary. But we can get off. They will was like a pack of famished wolves.
It
" Very well, I hear. "
think we are a heavy force sent to ambush Grit had discharged his carbine, and all
"I'm glad to know il," then after some them ; and in the confusion we can get into the chambers of his revolver were empty.
moments spent iu writing— " well, here's the big pines below, where they never can He had stopped under a sapling to reload.
"he* will give you the two men you want. catch us— trust me for that." He felt at that moment as if he had never
And now, as I may not see you again before Tom Merrett instantly declared that he been so miserable in all his life before.
you start— good-by and be sure to let me
; would stand by Grit as long as he could He had that feeling of desperation which
hear from you as soon as you have anything keep upon his pins. it can be imagined a dog has when he is run
of importance to report." Newton said that had been his intention into a comer, and glares up and snaps at
"Certainly, captain— good-by," and the from the moment he recognized those who
scout quietly withdrew. had taken part in the murder of Elmer Car- His hand did not tremble a particle, how-
Early that same eveuing.Grit and the three roll. ever, as he was loading his revolver and car-
men, for whom he had taken a strong liking, Charley Clayton was not slow to add that bine, and when this was done he got up from
started out. he could be counted on every time— l)ut the ground.
Thanks to the scout's consummate knowl- they were all very pale— very pale aud anx- Half a dozen of the enemy were closing
edge of the country, they penetrated the right around him, and as soon as they saw
Confederate lines, scouted all through the Brave men never underestimate the dan- him they fired, and he returued their fire.
country about Richmond, learned all they ger they are about to encounter. He could not find an opening to get out.
had undertaken to find out, met with in- The most courageous man I ever knew He was surrounded upon every side, and he
numerable adventures and many hair- trembled like an aspen leaf while marching did not know what to do.
breadth escapes, and at last at the end of up to a battery of belching cannon, yet he Every moment they were blazing away at
nine days, started on their return toward the would have been the last man in the regi- him, only a few yards off, as he doubled
Union lines. ment to even think of turning back. about, and he had nine balls through his
For some time they traveled on without Such is true courage. clothes and the cap of his coat, aud one in
incident. At length, while in the vicinity of his cap.
the New Bridge Road, they heard that a CHAPTER XV. At last he got into an open space, toward
party of the enemy were then at the Chim- the roaa, and saw a gap in the fence which
neys, with their pickets in front, and that only one cavalry man was watching.
they were going to make an expedition to- " Now's my chance," he thought.
ward Goldings, where the Federals had a Grit and his three brave comrades no- He made a rush straight at him.
picket post. looked carefully to their arms aud saw that He had kept one charge iu his revolver,
They at once resolved to waylay the party, all was right. and if he killed the cavalryman, as he
whatever its strength might be, their inten- Beside revolvers, they all had carbines, ex- thought he easily might, he could get his
tion being to attack it from the woods on cept Newton, who carried a short revolving horse, and then, good-by to them
the side of the road; then, during the con- rifle, which had got somewhat clogged up As he ran toward him the rebel trooper
fusion, to make their escape in the
ae thicket. ' with the spermaceti on the cartridges. raised his carbine and fired at Grit, but the
if necessary. He worked at it, and got it in order, how- scout did not mind that. He was up to him
Grit was at the time iu pretty ever, and then said he was ready. and putting his revolver
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have no more of your talk! Do you under- ed to be one of her own escort, she hurriedly
saddle. stand?" said
He fell, and Grit was just about to catch "Oh! well, sir; very well, sir! but you'll " Please find Lieutenat Dunbar, and send
the bridle, when—there was a rush, and a hoar further from me, I promise you." him to me at once, will you ?"
score of cavalrymen rode him down, one of The officer swaggered out. " Yes, Miss Wavne," was the ready reply,
the men striking him across the head with and he liastcih-d away, delighted to be of the
his carbine. In less than five minutes the acting major, slightest SI iviie to Colonel Wayne's lovely
When he came to his senses Grit was lying an oily and polite little fellow of about forty daiightia.
on his face, and the first words he heard or forty-five, made his appearance. "Feiitnn liniibar was not long iu making
" This is a most unfortunate affair, gentle-
"Deal as a mackerel, by Jove!" men," he began, in a rather sympathizing '
"i ou sent for me. Miss Ellen ; said.
He raised his head a little, and finding he tone.
"
was not dead, they collared him, and made Not very, I guess," said Grit.
him stand up, hustling him about from side "I fear it is," persisted the officer. "You slight blush; "there some onein that front
is
to side, and cursing at him till the air smell- see, you were taken inside our lines, and it room — some one whom I must see in- *

ed of brimstone. is probable you will be treated as spies." stantly."


'

Grit soon got tired of such brutal treat- "I reckon not, sir.'' " Why, they are Y''ankee prisoners!" ex-
ment, and clutching a carbine from one of "Why, sol understand, at least. Do you claimed the youuglieutenant, at a loss to un-
thera, attempted to club it f.nd hit right and often enter our lines, sir?" derstand her.
left, but tliey got it away from him. There
'
" I, at least, have done so frequently," said "Yankee prisoners!" and the tone iu
was one fellow— a bloodthirsty brute from Grit. which she uttered the words betokened her
Texas— with a cocked pistol, who was most "In citizens' dress, ever?" he inquired; unbounded astonishment.
enxious to get at him, and the officers around and then Grit at once saw what he was after, " Yes there are three of them."
;

laughingly exclaimed : and was on his guard. "And all belong to the Y^ankee army?"
"Let Texas get at him! he'll soon finish " No," he replied. "I come with my arms " Yes; and worse that they are suspected
him!" tomake a military reconuoissance." of being spies. At all events, they are likely
" Do your people enter our lines in this to lie hanged at daylight to-morrow for,
"Just put me out in the field there with a
way often, sir?"
;

pistol," cried Grit, fiercely, " and your Tex- while secreted in the jiiiie brush some miles
"Well," said the scout, " tolerably of ten. below here, they killed Colonel Ellis and half
an or any of you can tiy me." Captain Fletcher Burnham made a" reion-
They buly laughed at this, and hustled a dozen other officers, as well as five or six
noissance, or scout, a& you please, up beyond men."
him about the more, as they did poor Sid Taylorsville, the other day, with a fcpiadrou
Newton and Tom Merrett whom they had "I can't understand it," mused Ellen;
caught. Charley Clayton had got away. of cavalry; aud General Kilpatriuk is par- "and yet I must see one of them immedi-
ticularly 'fond of such expeditions— indulg- ately."
Sid Newton had lost his hat, as had Grit
ing in them frequently." " Then I must manage it for you," said
also, and had a colored cloth wrapped over
The officer endeavored to make Grip com- Fenton, promptly, and with a low bow he
his head, which made his pale cheeks aud
dark eyes look like a girl's. The rebels mit himself iu several other ways, but find- hurried away.
laughed at this resemblance, and said, ad- ing at last that he could not succeed, got up Presently he returned.
dressing Sid, while they pointed at Grit and left. After that the scout told the sen- "Come," he said, " you can go in but let ;

" We know now who you are but who is tinel that they didn't want to see any more me beg of you not to stay long."
:

that fellow yonder? He looks independent of them, and taking his place at one of the "Not flveminutes," she responded. "But,
enough to be old Ben Butler himself." windows, gazed, in a thoughtful mood, i^own meantime, Fenton, if auntie asks for me,
But Sid did not answer, so they didn't find the road. please make some plausible excuse that's a —
jut just then, and presently the three pris- dear good fellow."
" Y''ou know I would die for you," he
oners were conveyed to the'Chimneys, where CHAPTER XVI.
whispered; "and— here we are. Guard, let
they were lodged together in a front room ELLEN WAYNE BRINGS A EAY OF HOPE.
of a large house occupied by the troops this lady jiass. It's by order of the lieuten-
All at once, as Grit Carroll continued to ant-colonel commanding."
gaze down the road, he saw a cloud of dust Grit had drawn himself up close to the
windows. arise, which seemed to draw nearer aud wall, withliis ba<k toward the door, so that
nearer, then, from out the cloud, he beheld Feuton did not recognize or, indeed, e^eu —
For some time they were left to them-
selves. At length, about eleven o'clock, a
the forms of horsemen and, yes one two
; ! — see him.
horsewomen emerging. Ellen entered the room.
staff officer pushed his way by the guard He looked again, and watched them "Clinton," she said, in a sweet but distinct
and eutered the room. closely. voice, " what terrible chance has brought
He seemed to be a man of great impor- Suddenly, as they drew near, he uttered an this fearful misfortune upon you ?"
tance, and Grit at once saw that he had come exclamation of profound astonishment, aud " Ellen," responded the scout, turning
on some particular mission, therefore hejwas in a much lower tone, the name of Ellen quickly toward her, " the story is too long
on his guard. Wayne dropped from his lips. Then, men- and not of enough consequence to tell now
" Well, sir— hem !" he exclaimed, address- ;

tally, he added but I am glad you came to me, for I have


liivitly to Grit; "you young "Yes; it's Ellen, and her maiden aunt, something I must say to you."
feflov mt ynnist'lvi's into a bad scrape Lydia Wayne, with her What can they be
! " Then you are really iu the Federal army?
coming here for? Who is in conrtnand of —you have really deserted the cause of the
Nni til It 1 am :nvai-.-,it, >ir," replied the their escort? Ah! Lieutenant Fenton Dun- South !" she asked, sadly.
scout, .n-4ly. Hmh so, 1 li..g tokuow?" bar, as I live!" " No," was the reply, " because I never es-
"Wliy. yuu ,:inie inside of our lines by At that moment, the beautiful Ellen poused the cause of seccession. I have al-
«a> laid our troops, against all
night, auil Wayne, happening to glance toward the ways been a Tniou man. Remember this.
the u-aL-'s of ivilized war, sir."
I

window, saw and recognized him. great many-^I never


not like a gr«
"1 wa- a <ii.ut, like General Stuart," re- She uttered a hasty exclamation of sur- When yon tell Hilda of this meet-
prise, and was about to call her aunt's at- iiot loi'i;et to tell her that; may
" A scout !" exclaimed the officer, gi-owing tention to him, when Grit made a hurried Id^iem
red iu tlie face. " General Stuart and his and peremptory gesture for her to desist. e-, iiiiieeii, Clinton, you may."
\

command were on no seont, sir! they were She complied in wonder, and her face as- "Thank Noli; and now is there anything
on a rpci.inioissaiicp. sir- with a force of flf- sumed a thoughtful and troubled expres- you wi^li to ask me? I think there is."
sion, as she permitted Lieutenant Dunbar to "Oh, (.'lintoij. you know my heart is very
" w I
'as ever, " I was
. :
I

assist her from her horse. heavy you know I w.sh to ask about Elmer.
;

onaM ii ,, - nil a force of three Grit, whose purpose it was to remain un- I have liot heard from him for months, and
C!ivali\ 1. \ can pan \ happened to come known, on seeing that Ellen uuderstood him, the last 1 did hear was that he had been
out. and wc met you on the road, and my instantly withdrew from the \viii.l,.w, in lakin piisoiiei by the Yankees."
recoiiiioiteriug party got the better of order that the stately Miss bvilia Vaviip That is true: and through my influence
might not catch a glimpse i.t him; im hr he was sa\ eil lidiii I.eiiig sent to a Northern
This explanation seemed to make the otfl- but too well kuew that, aUliiiu;;li she was piison, aial v. as |ieiinitted to remain with
cer furious. He swelled, and swaggered, and one of the most worthy wometi in the wojid, my own company. And now, Ellen, can you
])uffed like a tiig turkeycock, aud tried to sill' -Ha-a Iriiti f secessionist, as. at the time, bear to hear something horrible ? I know
frown Grit down, but he did not succeed. ol.l iiianl- 111 till- iSouth were apt to be, and how you loved that dear boy, and I wish to
" Well, sir," he said, at length, " it you did that, slaiiilcl Aiv recognize him, and learn warn you beforehand that what I have to
get the better of us, you are our prisoners that he was a prisoner, she would consider
now; aud there are grave charges against it to be her duty to announce that he was a
yon all— very grave charges, sir !" native Soutneruer- therefore, a renegade, as pale as death itself.
Grit began to get angry. and perhaps, even worse— a spy— as his cap- "My God! is—is he dead then?" she
"What do you mean by that, sir?" he de- tors were anxious to prove him to be. gasped.
manded. Having been shown into a room by them- " Control yourself, Ellen," said Grit, hur-
"I mean," cried the officer, raising his selves, Ellen quickly said riedly " remember, it will not do
;
for you to
"Oh, auntie, I am just dying for a drink of give way now, or here. Yes; he is dead, and,
water— my throat, I verily believe, is as dry mark you, he was murdered— yes, murdered
brother of mine —yes, sir; a brother of powder magazine. Don't you want one
as a —by that miserable coward, Lo'ren Laugford,
too?" who, thinking that, with Elmer out of the
"Killed a brother of your don't "indeed do, child,"
I was the lady's em- way, be would stand a better chance with
tell me so?" phatic reply. yon, indiieed General Stuart to have him
"Yes, sir; but I do." "Then I'll run out and get some," ex- hanged as a deserter."
" Well," said Giit, carelessly, " all I've got claimed Ellen. " Oh, cruel— <^ruel !" moaned poor Ellen.
to say is, he ought to have kept out of the "No—no, stay where you are," said her "Cruel, indeed," said Gnt, st.'riily "and ;

way of our bullets; the fact is, it's dangerous aunt, " and let some of the lazy niggers now, Ellen, as time is preiious, must say I

being around when we're firing. bring it. Don't you go out there and mix quickly what I have left to say and, first, I :

"But he was my brother, sir; aud you up with all those common soldiers." —
want you to promise nay, swear, that you
murdered him, sir." " Oh, auutie, I shan't trouble the soldiers, will never, under any cireiimstanees, marry
that villain, Langford. Do you— will you
"Look here, sir," said Grit, between his and I'm not at all afraid of their troubling ?"
clinched teeth; "this is our room while we me," and she hastened through the door- "Yes—yes!" cried the girl; " I do swear
remain in it, and if you can't behave your- it. Indeed, I would die rather than marry
selfyou've got to get out of it. We wish to To the first trooper she met, who happen- him!"
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" Give us a taste," said the sentinel, reach- During the interval ed before
ing out his hand " it's mighty tough work
;
these could arrive, tin de a firm
standin' here, hour after hour, without a resistance, and the lintained
drop o' comfort ter wet a fellow's whistle their position with s y that a
ton Dm it. fcu- I caij iissuie you lie is with." large number of them
a gt'iiPiiMi'- Li noM.'-lu'iu'ted youug mau, " Jist so, comrade take a hold an' take a
; About two o'clock the engagement be-
aud lie Idv. s \ Mil n ,11 uiid truly." right smart pull, too. 1 aiu't no ole hog, I came more general and desperate.
"I'liMs,' -ji:. ;v-. ( liiitou, do not , talk of ain't." While advancing down by the rear of
love foi- ;ni.nhii . imw ; I cannot bear it. My The sentinel drew the st"Dper and placed Mechanicsville through low, swamy ground,
poor lieai is almost liroken."
t the canteen to his lips. the enemy wen- nttai ked by the Federals
.
" I uiiiirrstaiid, dear; but you will think He did take "a right smart pull," and from the cover of their lille-pits and earth-
of what huvi- said, l)vaud by, when youare
I
when he surrendered the canteen to its own- works with immense .lleet.
more ealui l']-omise"iue that!"
/ er, itwas with a profound sigh of satisfac- Asceiieoi i;i,at e:ii nage and tumult en-
" Yes— vts-1 will try to think of it." tion. sued. Many ol the mrn and horses sunk in
"If 1 were not iu this miserable plight," " Here's to yer," said the Good Samaritan, the inire, ami heeaiiie helpless targets for
murmured Grit, "I should hope to fully placing the nozzle to his own lips but, had ;

arenge poor Elmer's death. As it is, three it been lighter, or had the sentinel paid any liy this the aetion laid spread along the
of tliose who had a hand in the cowardly attention, he might have noticed that his line toward the hit, ami the troops of Gen-
business I have sent to their final accounts; companion didn't swallow much. eral .Met "all having liceii attacked, now en-
but the chief murd^-rers still cumber the " Ah !
'
he <>xi'laiined, taking a longbreath, gag..l the enemy.
earth !" "that's ther That 'ere come from
right sort. A vigorous contest then took place, which
"Clinton, said Ellen, suddenly, "Fenton
'
ther Yanks, fur sartin. 1 got it myself, while oceuiued the afternoon of the twenty-sixth.
I was with Stuart, on his giaud raid. Take ill vain the rebels, advancing repeatedly
tells me you are all sure to be hung at day-
light to-morrow." ernuther pull, comrade; 'twon't hurt yer with great resolution, eudeavored to drive
" Ah is that so ? Does he know I am one fur a cent." the Federals from their position. The latter
of the three
!
? " Well, seein' it's you, I don't mind if I do," remained immovable.
"No; he doesn't even dream of such a and the worthy sentinel nearly pulled the At six o'clock, apparently becoming des-
thing." bottom out of the canteen. perate at their want of success, the rebels
' Tell him then it maj- be he can do some- ;
Yerv little was now said for some time; brought fresh troops to bear upon the as-
thing for me but, if the worst comes to the
; botli soMh - s( enicci to be retlecting on the
I
sault, and the battle perceptibly increased iu
worst, when you see your cousin, Hilda great niei iis el (he • hlue ruin." fury.
Mason, say to her that love was unalr my At leii^Mh ilie sentinel remarked, some- At that period Morrell's division arrived
tered to the last— as principles are— and my what .iio\,.~ilv, lliat"ther infernal stuff opportunely on the field as a reinforee-
that I died wii h her name upon litis." my was :iii powerlul" — and then, leaning up
"Yes— res. Clinton: I will tell her. I " against till' (looi -jamb, he gave a prolound The second brigade of this division was
" Miss XVayiip, yoar aunt Good Heav- sigh, and w.mlil have let his carbine lall had called into immediate action. It was or-
not the other eau^dit it. dered to relieve the center of General Mc-
The next instant the overpowered sentinel Call's column.
was lying at his length upon the floor. The Fourth Michigan, the Fourteenth
"Quick!— quick!" whispered the knight of New Y'ork, the Sixty-second Pennsylvania,
the canteen; "help me ter git him inside and the Niuth Massachusetts, together with
bottoiu of Ui thar; an' don't ye make a breath o' noise. a batialiun of Berdan's sharpshooters, were
but I fear the worst. The officers and That's ther ticket. Now then, just you uns drawn up iu line of battle.
of the regiment here are very bitter against dig out o' ther back door lively. Ye'll find The struggle which followed was well sus-
you!" three horses an' yer lixin's back o' ther tained and desperate on both sides. It con-
"So I suppose," said the scout, thought- brush ahind ther stables. Ther horses has tiuued without any advantage to either
fully. got their hoofs shoved inter stockins' made party till half past nine o'clock.
" Fenton," whispered Ellen, " can't you The loss of the enemy during this period
help them in some way ?" must have lieen fearful, as they were con-
" I fear not," said the young lieutenant, J 1st
Iroiited by the Federal forces while protect-
slott-lyshaking his head " you know your
;
ed iu a great measure by their rifle-pits and
father expects us to-night. His regiment git yerselves inter no sich er fix ez this yere breastworks. |

moves fo-morrow, and he may not get an- agin, 'cause 1 mayn't be 'round fur ter git All their efforts to dislodge the latter
other eliauce to see you for some time." yer out." proved fruitless.
" But, if we start very early in the morn- The three Union men, one after the other, Late in the day they made a furious charge
ing, we shall be in time to see my father, grasped the good-natnied fellow by the with cavalry. They were met by a squadron
and then couldn't you get a chance to help hand, and then silently departed. of Federal horse, under Buruham, and
Clinton and these'poor fellows off iu the They reached the brush back of the barn. driven back, many of their horses sticking
night?" They found the horses with muffled feet. fast in the marsh, and being abandoned by
" I fear not and then, what excuse have
; They also found a portion of their arms and their liders.
we for remaining here ?" other property; and, veiy thankful for the Here it was that Grit Carroll and Sid New-
" Suppose I should suddenly be taken very thoughtful kindness of their friends, they ton did good service, both fighting Uke
ill?" she suggested, slyly quickly mounted and rode silently away. demons until the enemy had retired beyond
It was late on the night of the twenty- rifle-shot.
fifth of June that Grit ouce more presented " Three more of the murderers fallen be-
dear Miss Wayne, come. 1 dare not remain nmauding otficer, and fore my carbine,' muttered (irit, as he and
here a moment longer— especially, if we are lie Sidagain joined llieii (unmaml, from which
i

to assist them to escape. And " Iletohl hem that a,irnat battle was immi- they had become >eiiaiale.l. ••And now
"Ellen— Ellen !" at that moment called a nent; that St uait had reported his exposed only si.x remain, Stnai hiinseU, the coward-
i

shrilland impatient voice then, as it drew ; situation toward the liver; and that Lee
" '
ford.aud lour others; auJ, if I live
nearer: •Where, in lliis blessed world, is and his generals had decided to take ad- thisM tie is over, some of those will
that tr.nil.les. line ehiM :-' vantage of his carelessness or shortsighted-
"Oh! ileal, tliafsaiintie.'-.xflaimed Eden, ness. ••That fiendish murder isn't proving to
in consternation, '• ami, it we don't hurry, Unhearing this report, such measures of be a very paying investment to the Southern
she'll be here iu search of us," and the two, defense were taken as the time permitted; Confederacy,' remarked Newton.
without ceremony, liasteued away. and the expected ;attack was awaited— by '•I don't mean it shall," was the scout's
McClellan, at least— with anxious apprehen-
sion. Fitz-Jolin Porter, who commanded the
CHAPTER XVII. It was about ten o'clock the next morning entire corps to which the division engaged
THE BATTLE OF 'mECHANICSVILLE. —the twenty-sixth— that the rebel forces is- on this day belonged, was present in every
Night came. sued in vast numbers from their camps be- Sart of the field, and was ably assisted by
Grit had seen no more of either Fenton fore Richmond, and commenced their bold IcCall, Morrell, and Griffin.
Dunbar or Ellen Wayne but, ns he was cer- ; and desperate assaults upon the Federal During the whole battle the artillery on
tain that tliev had not left the house, ho felt both sides did immense execution. At some
sure they were still tiriii in tlieii- ,le|en,,i„a- Tlieir first demonstration was an attack on periods the filing ..hook the earth, aud the
tion to liel|, him and Ins eomiailes. llie ia\ ally commanded by General Sher- ''
iiiaii. wlii.h was posted in the vicinity of fui'i.'ms'.omliat.'
everything' ready for instant ilejiartnie the Hanover (.'oiirt Huu.se, on the extremenght. At seven o clock the eiieniy made a special
moment the tune should come, and having While this ojieratioii was progiessing, thev efloit to break ihe center of the Federal
disposed of the scanty sujiper that had been extendedtheirassanll to the troops stationed troo|is engaged. This efl'ort was confronted
brought them, they set themselves to wait nearest to Ilie-e, whieh were posted in the and (letcated with great gallantry by Gen-
foi'some propitious sign. vicinity of Sleehanirsville.
At eleven o'clock all was still in the house, They crossed t he riiieka hominy at Meadow- Tlie troops ou the left, under Seymour
not a sound was heard save, now and then, bridge, above the town, with the evident in- aud Reynolds, also fought with much hero-
the humming of a tune by the sentinel, as he tention of turning the right wing of the ism, aud succeeded in defeating the attempts
stood in the doorway. Federal forces. of the rebels to cross the bridge over the
The man outside could be dimly seen lean- The troops placed here were the Eighth Il- Chickahominy,
ing against the picket fence but, as there ; linois cavalry, more than half of the liuek- Tliiis, when the close of the first day's
was no light in the room, he could not see tail Regiment, and li\e e.,ai|iaiiies ol the li-ht airiveil, the enemy had really gained
the prisoners. Pennsylvania Reserves. 'I h. se weie jiro- nothing ami had lost heavily. But they
Presently, somewhat to Grit's surprise, a ited by rifle-pits ami la , a-i woi i^-.
«eii> mil .h.-iieaitened.
soldier came staggering through the hall- As thi Thi'_\ hail only made a beginning of the
way, with a canteen iu his hand. gigantic enterprise which they had con-
"Here!" exelaimed the sentinel, gruffly, swai ill ine.xhanstilily in front and around resolute in its prosecution
" where are you goiu^ !" he Federal lines, eleaiiy proved that an at-
"Dunno,"'was the concise reply. emjit at resistance liy so small a corps
"What have yon got there?'' was the next vould be wholly useless.
CHAPTER XVIII.
question. General Reynolds immediately dispatched
" Little ole blue ruin— that's all," respond- 1messenger to General McCaxl forreiuforce- THE BATTLE OF GAINES' MILJ-.
ed the seemingly happy warrior. During the night which ensued, after the
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battle at Mechanicsville, orders were given mysterious interval the
to commence the removal of the camp
enemy had been lying on the grass. They gave the GeorgiauB
largely reinforced. a deadly reception.
equipage, the stores, and the ammunition Their troops now rushed forward in over- Colonel Lamar was mortally wouuded in
ot; the Federal army toward the James whelming masses with savage and frantic the commencement of the engagement, and
River. yells.
Soon long trains of wagons, several thou- his lieutenant-colonel was taken prisoner.
With answering shouts the two armies The result of the contest was the same as
sand m
number, began their slow line of approached each other, and dealt their before, the rebels being compelled to retire,
march, extending four miles in the direc- death blows upon their opposing ranks with
tion indicated. after suffering very severe losses.
increased ferocity. That same night, as Grit
The sick and wounded were also convey The combat now became most desperate Carroll and his
ed,some toward the White House, some to- three friends, Sid Newton, Charley Clayton
and sanguinary. and Tom Merrett, who, through the influ-
ward Harrison's Landing. General Porter The Federals performed many deeds of
had been ordered to withdraw his forces ence of Fletcher Burnham, were hence- "

the noblest daring and fortitude, but soon forth to be hisconstaut companions, stretch-
from their recent position near the river. the superior energy and vigor which por-
While these movements were progressing ed themselves upon the ground for a few
tions of the Confederate columns exhibited, hours' rest, the following brief conversation
in the Federal camp, the rebels were not demonstrated that they had the advantage
idle.
occurred ,
not merely of a preponderance of numbers, " Well, Grit, old boy,"said Charley Oayton;
Immense reinforcements were promptly but also of physical freshness. you've done some pretty hard service to-
brought forward. It was well that at this critical moment day, and that piece of yours has rung out a
The early dawn of the next day, the the Federals received some reinforcements great many times. What is the grand
twenty-seventh of June, beheld sixty thou- from the other side of the Chickahominy.
sand rebels under arms, ready to renew the They consisted ot three brigades, with some
assault. cavalry, a good part of them Irish.
The Federals had gained some slight re- These Irish regiments, as was their usual ber how that foots i

pose during the night, and though wearied, custom, went into the fight with their coats "You've added something to the sum
and about to be assailed by superior num- off, and their sleeves rolled up, and fought it to-day," said Newton, confidently.
total of
bers, were undaunted by the impending the exultant rebels with the fury and feroci- "Yes," was the reply, "two more of the
terrors of their situation. ty of tigers. miserable cowards are dead, and I've mark-
General Porter had received orders to fall Hundreds of Confederates then bit the ed another for life—be the same long or
back to a position two miles beyond Gaiues' dust, laid low forever by the stalwart blows short."
Mills. In obeying this order, General Sykes' of the gallant and pugnacious sons of Erin. " Did you get a shot at Stuart?"
division led the retreating column. Next The carnage was still progressing all over " Yes fired at him ten times but never
; ;
came the division of General MorreU. the widespread field, when the sun disap- touched him once. He was not in the regu-
During the march perfect order was main- peared in the western heavens, and the lar fight, you know but I knew where to
;
tained, but the enemy mistaking the move- shadows of night were about to descend find him."
ment for a hasty flight, pressed forward in upon the tumultuous and sanguinary scene. "And Langford?"
enormous masses, overtook the Federals The enemy had repeatedly endeavored to " 'Twas he I marked, and if he ain't the
near Gaines' Mills, and there resumed the force the Federals into the low, marshy most frightened and most uncomfortable
assault upon them. tract lying between Gaines' Mill and the man in the whole Confederate army to-
Their advance had been temporarily im- bridge. night, why, I'm greatly mistaken. I put
peded by the destruction of the bridge at To have been driven into that perilous po- one bullet through his left ear, another
the mill. But soon they constructed a tem- sitionwould have insured the destruction plowed a furrow across his forehead, leaving
porary causeway, by which their artillery of a largenumber of troops, for it was im- the mark of Cain there; and a third carried
was conveyed over, and the pursuit of the passable ground, and would have proved the away a portion of his upper 1 p."
Federals was renewed. weltering grave of thousands. " You did give him a close call," exclaimed
As their retreat was made at an unhurried At one time the rebels had nearly suc- Newton.
and leisurely pace, it was not long before ceeded in this undertaking. " I should say so !" added Tom.
they were overtaken by the eager enemy. It was when the danger here was most "Ay; but the next will be closer though,"
Then ensued the bloody actions of Gaines' imminent, that the wild rush and deter- said Grit, calmly; "and, now, let us go to
mined assault of the Irish regiments saved sleep there's work for us on the morrow."
;

The scene of this conflict was an ex that portion of the army from destruction
area, about two miles in length, and one mile During the progress of the and.several partial
in breadth. This space was made up of green panics had occurred, and some rapid and CHAPTER XIX.
meadows, waving grain fields, thick woods, frantic running to the rear had been
boggy marshes, and rude ravines. Several achieved by fri^tened fragments of the THE EETREAT.
farmhouses existed within its limits, which Federal forces. But the vast majority of During the pight after the battle, the re-
were afterward used as hospitals. them fought nobly and well. moval of the baggage trains, of the sick, and
General Porter had Ijeea ordered to engage About twenty-seven thousand Union the disabled toward the James River and
the advancing foe, if be were attacked in troops took part in this battle. the White House, was continued.
In addition to those composing the corps
this position. Accordingly at eleven o clock
of General Porter, the divisions of Generals
The enemy had thus far gaiued but little
all was ready to receive them each division,
; advantage, and had been very severely pun-
each brigade, each regiment, and each gun Hooker, Kearney and Sumner were also en- ished.
had then been placed iu its proper position. gaged. Still, however, deluded by the absurd and
Along the far-extending lines at proper The number of Confederates who figured fantastic conceit that the retrograde move-
in the contest was at least sixty thousand
intervals the immortal banners of the re-
and a large portion of these were fresh
ment of the Federal army was a mere flight
public appeared in view, waving majestic- before their invincible forces, they were de-
and gracefully troops, who were substituted from time to
ally in the breeze, and bid- termined to continue the contest.
ding defiance to the approaching host. time for those who had become wearied On the afternoon of the twenty-seventh,
Bright guns in endless succession flashed during the progress of the struggle. the headquarters of General McClellan were
in the morning light. The long ranks of Notwithstanding this disparity of num- removed across the Chickahominy to the
Federal troops presented a firm and daunt- bers, at the close of the day the Federals
vicinity of Savage Station.
less front. Generals with their staffs were had not been driven from their position. Thither vast masses of stores and ammu-
seen riding rapidly from regiment to regi- The main body of the troops were still in nition had been transported, on their way
ment giving orders and perfecting their po- their first lines near Gaines' Mill.
to their new depot on James River.
sitions. The losseson both sides were very heavy Throughout this whole route the houses
Many valuable Federal officers were slain' were converted into hospitals, and were oc-
After a short interval of silence and ex- The field was covered in many places with
pectation, the sudden roar of the enemy's cupied by the wounded of the Federal
heaps of dead and dying. army.
artillery, and the falling and bursting ot The plaihtive groans of the wounded,
their shells gave evidence that they had During Friday night the larger portion of
after the roar of the contest ceased, bur- the Union forces crossed the Chickahominy,
recommenced the contest. dened the midnight air, and added to the
The first firing came from the woods and and thus obtained some advantage over the
horrors ot the fearful scene. pursuing enemy.
from the roads on the right. The Federal The combatants on both sides slept upon
cannon instantly thundered in reply at the It should be observed at this time, that
their arms, except those who were detailed
stillinvisible enemy. the battle of Mechauicsville and Gaines'
to bury the dead, to convey the wouuded
At length, after a considerable period of Mill took place on the leftside of that stream.
from the field, and to perform picket duty. Those which afterward ensued were fought
time had been expended in this manner, While these operations were jirogressiug
masses of the rebels emerged from the woods, on the riiy/it side.
on the right wing of the Federal army, an This arrangement will be understood, when
! deployed into position in front ot the Fed- engagement took place on the left, where
eral and the engagement it is remembered that the Chiikalioniiuy
lines, became Geueral Smith held a position consisting of flows southward into the James River; that,
general. breastworks and two redoubts.
It was fiercely contested
on both sides. in describing the events connected with
He was attacked on Friday evening at the observer is supposed to be facing the
it,
Several desperate attempts were made by seven o'clock, by the Georgia brigade, com-
the enemy to break through the Federal mouth of the stream, and that the points of
manded by General Toombs. The latter the compass are to be taken accordingly.
lines on the right and on the left but they ; was encountered by Hancock's brigade, the
were met in every instance with the un- guns in the redoubts assisting in the engage- Notwithstanding the enormous losses
flinching firmness of veterans, and were in- which the rebels had suffered, and although
ment, which was brief but desperate. they had not as yet driven their opponents
variably repulsed with heavy losses to the After losing a hundred killed, whom they
assailants. from a single one of their chosen positions,
left on the field, the Georgians retired in
The battle continued to rage during the they persisted in claiming coutinual vic-
disorder before the deadly and continuous tories.
whole day, with the usual vicissitudes which fire of the Federal troops.
characterize engagements in which brave This was the first battle at Gelding's
Under this pleasing delusion, they prepar-
men contend for the mastery with equal ed, after the interval of a day, to renew the
Farm. The second ensued on the following contest, and to endure additional and still
degrees of resolution and obstinacy. As morning.
evening approached, theenergy of the attack more sanguinary slaughters, in the pursuit
Mortified at their defeat, the chivalrous of a favorite and fanciful chimera.
of the rebels diminished, and a sudden lull Georgians determined to renew the contest.
occurred but after a short respite the con-
;
At eight o'clock they again advanced to- No attack was made on the main body of
test was renewed by them with greater fury the Federal army on Saturday, the twenty-
ward the redoubts, and resumed the attack. eighth of June.
than before. The Federal troops were either protected
It then became evident that during this Early in the morning of that day the en-
bythe breastworks, or were concealed by I tire force which had so valiantly confronted
THE WAR LIBRARY "A
the rebel hosts had crossed the Chickahom- by his staff and body-guard, left the scene roar of cannon, ana the sharper, shriller
tlie

iuy by four bridges. of his night's reiiose, and rode forward sound of the musketry continued to be
These were then blown up or burued, to toward Charles City. He had directed his deafenini; nnd i'lces^nnt.
Theni-iii ic as light as noonday
intercept the pursuit of the enemy. generals to abandon theirintrenchments, to :c \> i

follow with their several divisions until in- atrapiiln, c lurid flashes of the
Liiter in the day it was ascertaiued that
:
;

-- harge enabled the


they had crossed the stream at Newbridge, tercepted by the enemy, and then to give artilleiN , i
;

with the apparent intention of moving them battle. combalan: - iiiii the position of their
i . ,i .
i i

round toward Bottom Bridge, to cut off tlie At daylight on Sunday morning General
communication of the Federals with tlieir Smith began to retire. Generals Sumner, To aiM terrors uf the scene, the ad-
io I lie

Heintzelman, Keys,and Franklin soon fol- jiifciii mm,„|> were set on flreby the Ijursting
railroad and telegraph.
Saturday wore away without any heavy lowed with their respective forces. Then slu Us, and s.Hin the conflagration rolled
engagement on the part of the rebels. came McCall's division, and last of all those vast liea\ iny volumes of smoke and flame
The reason of this apparent inaclivilv was of Hooker and Kearney, who brought up far up into "the vault of heaven, giving to
,

that a liirf;e number of their i-.,m|,s \mi .


I the rear. the battlefield the appearance of a pande-
busily (•iij;a];ed in buryini; their iIi-:m1, ;iim1 in As soon as the rebel commanders observed monium.
eonveyiu.m Iheir wounded from the s.-eiics
'
motion, Thus the carnage and the contest raged un-
of the late sanguinary engagements into in upon them but ; til near midnight.
Richmond. itwas not till later in the day that a regular The losses on both sides were very heavy.
Many ot the wounded Federal soldiers also engagement took place i>etween them. The rebels had done much daniaiie liylir-
tell into their hands. Then ensued the battle of Peach Orchard. ing into the liospitals in wliieli many oi the
During this day the Union array was with- wounded luid been placed; and thc\ perpe-
drawn as hi as Savage's Station. trated this barbarity in spite of the signifi-
From iliis
I-

p. lint, several separate trains of


CHAPTER XX. cant white and red flags which were placed
cars, nikil with the wounded, were sent PEACH ORCHARD AND WHITE OAK SWAMP. upon them.
down to Wliite House. A
third trip was ipproacnea ithe Federal troops
The enemy approached At twelve o'clock the Federal command-
about to bo made when it was ascertained istnir- Road ers received ordersfrom General McClellan
that the enemy had cut the telegraph wires,
and had gained possession of Despatch Sta- acio'.,~ wiiiti' t'lak Swaini., inaM^uich a's the
tion.
A large proportion of the sick and wound-
ed who were Savage Station, were ,in this
at cohiiiins of the enemy was ternhc.
same day [ilaced in ambuhimi's, and their Tlieir ranks wavered and staggered like
Hu liniiiken men before the continuous hail-
menccd. But a sullluient iiuinlier of these storm of shot and shell which was poured
conveyances were not to be obtained; and the James
except those who were al)le to walk, or even Tlie battle lasted from eight in the morn- River, which liad begun in a leisurely and
to crawl toward a place of safety, the re- ing until noon. voluntary march thither, unavoidably de-
mainder ultimately fell into the hands of the During this period the rebels endeavored generated into a flight on the part of the
enemy. to outflank the Federals on the left, and in- Federals, and into a pursuit on the part of
During Saturday night a vast amount of tercept them on the Williamsburg Road, but
commissary stores, ammunition and hos- without effect.
pital supplies, for which there were no means They charged several times on three bri-
of removal at command, were destroyed by gades, with the evident intention of crush-
order of General McClellau. ing them in detail, but with no better sue- That wcai'ieil, overworked, but heroic
Four car-loads of ammunition, which had Imnd, who had engaged the enemy so often
arrived from the White IIous.- dm in- tlio All I he troops engaged fought with des- and so bravely, were compelled to exhiiust
previovis week, were replacid in flic cars, the last powers ot liinnan endurance in order
and the entire train, keaded by an fn:;iiu-. 'I'iie ellorts'made by the rebelsto drive the to escape complete destruction.
was let loose, sent down the railway, and Federals into a retreat from their position, The race to reach the swainji was one of
run into the Chickahominy at the bridge were absolute failures; and it was not until desperate energy, accompaiiii d by desperate
which had been burned, to prevent it from the Union generals had become assured tiiat
falling into the possession of the rebels. the caravan of wagons, ambulanees. and
This train rushed forward on its pathway to cattle of their army had crossed the White
destruction with fearful velocity, and at Oak Swamp, and were safe from the immedi-
length iibin^ed into the tranquilstream with ate pursuit of the enemy, that they gave the
aprodif^ious II ash. order to fall liack.
Strange speitacles were exhibited by the This order was executed leisurely and ;

multitudes of the wounded, and by the long having reached Savage Station, they again
lines of ambiUauces and wagons which, dur- drew up in line of battle to receive the ad-
ing the day, weretoilingontheir way toward vancing foe.
James River. The contest which ensued was still more
Htmdreds of men went limping along, fierce and sanguinary.
some with their arms in slings, some hob- It commenced about five o'clock in the
bling on crutches. The ambulances were all afternoon, and did not terminate until eleven
flUed, and often the wounded would be seen o'clock at night. II was ciL'ht o'clock on Monday morning ^

Before the attack began, the rebels had of the thiiticthof June.
'

sitting in the end of the wagons, their broken


legs or crushed ankles hanging out, and the been largely reinforced their next assault
;
Tlicday was bright and hot. The fugitives
blood dripping from them upon the ground therefore was much more vigorous and de- were exhausted with their superhuman ef-
beneath. structive. forts in fighting and retreating.
They approached through a dense wood, After crossing the creek, hundreds threw
which concealed them from view until they themselves upon the ground to rest, or,
cortege. These, together with droves ot cat- were within a short distance of the Federal
tle, crowds of negroes, teamsters, sutlers, lines. They then suddenly emerged from
and frightened fugitives of every kind, to- the edge of the forest, ran out three or four
gether with the noise and tumult, the batteries to commanding positions, and
swearing and screaming, which inevitably opened a rapid fire of shot and shell.
attended such a throng, at such a time, pre- This salute they kept up with such skill the race to White
sented a most extraordinary combination and resolution, that a portion of the Feder- 1starmy of the reb-
of contrasts. als were overpowered and gave way. A els t ot them, and in a
Sometimes a sudden terror pervaded the Pennsylvania regiment broke, and then fled short time cam, leir rear.
mass, for then a report had arrived that the in a panic, after losing a hundred men in Thenfollowc. desperate engage-
'1-

enemy were interposing a i^owerful column killed and wounded. ment, named al locality in which it
between them and the James River, thereby The Federal artillery could not for a time took place.
cutting off their only means of escape. Then be served, all the men being either picked Soon after crossing White Oak Creek, the
again, when the falsity of this rumor was as- off or driven away from their guns. Federal generals formed their new line of
certained by the return of messengers who Never liad the rebels fought with more battle with great energy and promptness.
had been sent to the front, hope would re- The new position of the Unmn forces ex-
vive, and a gayer tone would animate the During the progress of the battle the Fed- tended about four miles in len.i;tlp.
volatile and motley assemblage. eral forces were, on several occasions, in a On th" cxlnijic lijilit (ieiicial Hancock
Meanwhile, orders had been sent to White very critical position. was posted with his biigadc. Xext to him
House to hasten the departure of the Fed- At one lime an entire brigade of the en- were phiced the troops ot Brooks and David-
eral troops from that station. These orders emy was oliserved to be moving stealthily son. The batteries, Iielonging to this division
were obeyed with all possible dispatch, and down to tlie ri;.;lit. with the design of mak- were commanded by Captain Ayres. Then
the place was finally abandoned l>y the as- ing an ;ilta( k u[Min the flank. came the divisions of Sumner, Heintzelman
sembled transports and steamers at tour This intention wasdefeatedljy the prompt- and Porter.
o'clock on Saturday afternoon, the twenty- itude with wliich Captain Pettit placed a The battle commenced with an attack by
eighth. All the stores, ammunition and liattery in such a position as to sweep the the enemy on the column of General Han-
wounded had been previously embarked, entire column with grape and canister, cock.
and safely removed. which eventually compelled them to recoil, They opened with about twenty batteries,
About seven o'clock in the evening the and to relinquish their purpose. which were served with such vigor and skill
pickets of the enemy began to make their During the progress ot the fight the Irish that they soou blew up several of Captain
appearance in the vicinity, but they found brigades greatly distinguished themselves, Mott's caissons, shattered his guns, and
only desolation and solitude. Even the in- charging in some eases up to the very can- spread confusion among the teamsters, can-
significant building, which had given a name non of the enemy. One of the rebel batter- and troops who came within their
and some celebrity to this locality, had been ies they hauled off, spiked the guns, demol-
burned, although the author of the super- ished the caiTiages, and then abandoned
fluous and barbarous deed remained un- them.
known. At length the shades of darkness descend-
At three o'clock on Sunday morning, the ed upon this mortal combat, but they
twenty-ninth. General McClellan, attended brought no termination to its horrors. The
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graceful proceeding General McClellan, on During the progress of the engagement
the following day, ordered the provost-mar- the most signal service had been rendered
shal to arrest all the stragglers as they came They marched defiantly against the foe, by the gunboats on James River.
into camp. with the determination to conquer or to The immense shells from their rifled can-
After a short time, howeyer, the Federals perish. non tore shrieking and howling through the
who had been attacked, recovered their self- The enemy met the rushing tide at first forests, and often exploded within the lines
possession, and their guns responded to those with firmness; but nothing could long re- of the enemy with a concussion which shook
of the enemy. sist such a delirium of fortitude as seemed the solid earth, and scattered piles of dead
The had not yet crossed White Oak
latter to pervade and to inflame their assailants. and wounded on every hand. "
Creek, and the engagement was still con- They gradually gave way; their lines In all their efforts to drive the Federal
fined to the operations of the artillery. broke, and, eventually, they fled from the forcess f rom their position the enemy had
At length a portion of the rebels made an field in complete confusion. signally failed.
attempt to cross the stream, but were met During this famous battle-shock many After each advanc* they had been repulsed
and repulsed with success by General Smith, were slain on both sides, and many prison- with heavy losses. <

whose brisk fire of infantry extended con- ers were taken. The battle was to them an unqualified de-
tinuously along the whole columns. In the entire engagement the Federals feat.
Finding it impossible to cross in front, the lost, and wounded, not less than
in killed So ended the engagement at Malvern
enemy detached a powerful force to proceed three thousand and flve hundred. The loss Hill.
four miles due south to Charles City Crosa- of the enemy was undoubtedly as great, if Thus terminated the last assault made by
roads, for the purpose of iuterposing be- not greater. the troops of the Confederacy at this period
tween the Federal forces and James River, The contest saved the Federal army from upon the Union army in the peninsula. Thus
thereby intercepting their retreat. ruin or from capitulation, and covered both concluded one of the most extraordinary
The position which they proposed to reach the generals who commanded, and the sol- series of battles which has ever occurred in
was within a mile and a half of Turkey diers who fought in it, with enduring re- the blood-stained annals of ancient or mod-
Bend on that river; and, had they succeeded nown. ern warfare.
in their intention, they would have inevit- In vain had the best rebel officers repeat- The repose of the Federal army at Harri-
ably accomplished the ruin of the army, edly put in practice their favorite tactics of son's Landing now remained undisturbed
and prevented its successful establishment hurling fresh troops on the Federal lines, for more than a month, when the second
at Harrison's Landing. first on one wing, then on the other, and battle of Malvern Hill occurred, in which
Fortunately, information of this move- suddenly in the center. General Joe Hooker punished the enemy and
ment of the rebels was obtained in time, and All was in vain. gained possession of the field.
a portion of the weai-ied Union troops was The goal had been safely reached. A little later the place was abandoned, and
so marshaled as to prevent its achieve- The glancing placid waters of the James the rebels resumed occupation.
ment. River had at last greeted the longing eyes of It had now become evident to the Federal
They reached the advancing columns of the soldiers of the LTnion, and thepossibility government that the expedition against
the enemy at four o'clock in the afternoon, of their destruction or of a still more disas- Richmond, through the peninsula, had prov-
and attacked them. ted. ed a total and irremediable failure.
The rebels fought desperately, and their At th.' .Im^,. mT u,.' I.aitl.' m White Oak It was quite as evident that the longer de-
artillery produced a dreadful havoc in the Swaniji llic I'.'drral ar]u,\- tcn.k jiossession of lay of the army of the Union in that unpro-
Federal ranks. Malvern The \lcinity of the river,
liill iii pitious clime would be productive of no
The latter were nearly dead already from (ieueral McClellan had selected Harrison's good, while it would entail a continued
the effects of heat, exhaustion and thirst; Lauding, six miles below, as his future per- and lavish waste of the national treasure and
and so little discipUne remained that a por- manent camp, and thither the convoy of of valuable lives.
tion of those regiments which were nearest wagons, ammunition stores, and supplies of General McClellan, therefore, received or-
the James River at one time broke ranks, continued to be directed.
all sorts ders to evacuate Harrison's Landing.
rushed to its shores, plunged in, and, after The James River was crowded with trans- This order was obeyed on the sixteenth and
slaking their thirst, returned to their colors, ports and vessels of all kinds, to assist in the seventeenth of August, 1862.
and resumed the fight. work of transportation. The future destination of the army was
The resistance of the Federal troops grad- then unknown.
ually became weaker. Human nature could It was, however, intended to be consoli-
endure no more. yet com- dated with the forces which had been placed
The fresh masses of the exultant rebels pleted. On Tuesday, the first of July, the under the orders of General Pope.
continued to press forward with still greater last of this memorable series of engage- This arrangement was afterward complet-
resolution. An overwhelming and decisive ments—the battle of Malvern Hill— was ed and the fortunes of war were again tried
;

victory seemed about to crown their perse- fought. under new auspices against the despe:
vering efforts, when, at the critical moment, As an attack from the enemj- was antici- yet by no means contemptible enemy.
a delivery suddenly appeared. pated, the Federal army was drawn out in
As at Pittsburg Landing, so in the present battle array at an early hour. CHAPTER XXII.
instance, the gallant navy of the Union res- Their lines formed a magnificent semicir-
cued the land forces from destruction. cle,which presented a formidable front. ELLEN WAYNE.
At the very crisis the gunboats on the General Keyes, with his command, was
James River opened their fire upon the posted on the extreme right. General
enemy. Franklin's corps came next; then the troops
At five o'clock the enormous rifled guns of of Sumner, comprising two divisions. The
three gunboats, which were anchored in extreme left was occupied by Porter. pepper, should be somewhat strengthened,
^ Turkey Bend, belched forth their colossal Heintzelman's corps,embraeing thedivisions particularly in the matter of cavalry, and
shells, with a detonation which completely of Hooker, Kearny, and Couch, occupied so, several squadrons, heretofore attached to
drowned the feebler cliorus of all the artil- the center. —
the Army of the Potomac including Burn-
lery on land, and terrified the foe by the un- Fifty heavy guns bristled along the lines ham's and Ingold's commands — were sent to
expected presence of a more formidable an- from their freshly made earthworks. him.
tagonist. The battle commenced about noon with a Grit Carroll, then, with his two insepara-
As the shells descended upon the serried vigorous cannonading on both sides. ble companions, was now in the country be-
masses of the rebels, and burst among them, The Confederates Were commanded by tween the Rapidan and the Rappahannock.
whole ranks were battered to the earth by Generals Lee, Magruder, and Jackson, and Fate had so ordained that other important
the flying fragments. opened the engagement with great spirit. personages connected with this, our vera-
Horrible havoc ensued. Several hours passed before the infantry cious history, were also in that vicinity.
Confusion and terror were quickly diffused came into action. Stonewall Jackson had returned from the
through their columns, and they who, a few At four o'clock the rebels advanced, neighborhood of Richmond, and accompany-
moments before, were confident of driving fiercely attacked the troops commanded by ing him were a portion of Stuart's cavalry,
the Federal army into the James River, or General Couch, and attempted to break the including the command in which Fenton
of compelling it to surrender, themselves Federal lines. Dunbar was a lieutenant, and Loren Lang-
began to give way. The effort failed, and the assailants were ford a minor officer.
driven back with great slaughter at the The regiment commanded by Colonel
point of the bayonet. Wayne also formed a part of his column.
CHAPTER XXI. They were not easily disheartened. Within the Confederate lines, near the
After a short interval they made a still banks of the Rapidan, was the magnificent
BATTLE OF IIALVERX HILL. more desperate effort to accomplish their mansion and estate known as Glenwood, and
Encouraged by the evident effect of the purpose. which was owned and occupied by the widow
shot of the gunboats, the Federal com- The rebel commanders threw forward of the late Senator Mason, and her peerless
manders, of whom the most distinguished heavy masses of troops, assisted and pro- daughter, Hilda, of whom Colonel Wayne
on this memorable field was General Heint- tected by artillery, against the ranks of was guardian.
zelman, determined to recover the fortunes Porter and Couch, and continued for more This hospitable mansion was now the cen-
of the day by making a combined and des- than an hour to hurl forward fresh columns ter of unusual life and gayety ; for not only
perate charge. upon the Federal line. did it shelter the attractive widow and her
The gunboats were, therefore signaled to At one crisis their determined efforts accomplished daughter, but Ellen Wayne
suspend their fire. seemed about to be successful in driving was there, chaperoned, as usual, by her
Preparations were quickly made to effect back the Federals; but at that critical mo- maiden aunt, Lydia.
the intended movement. ment Porter dispatched a messenger to Hence, as a matter of course, it was the
The great-hearted veteran whom we have Sumner for reinforcements. Mecca to which all Confederate officers, who,
just named galloped from column to col- The Irish brigade of Meagher was immedi- by any possible means, could obtain an In-
umn. ately sent to him. troduction, resorted.
He announced the purpose to charge in They advanced to meet the enemy with The lovely Ellen had played her part well
brief and
thrilling words. their usual enthusiasm. that night at the Chimneys, and had simu-
He then returned to his position, and The wavering Federallines were quickly lated sickness so perfectly that her aunt had
passed down, to the right and to the left, steadied the rebel host in turn recoiled,
; become terribly alarmed, insomuch, that
the stern order of advance. and the periled fortunes of the day were re- she had insisted upon giving her a dose of
The bugles sounded, and, like the surging covered. not only very powerful, but very disagree-
of a mighty deluge, which has long been Thus the flght was continued until after able medicine, and then put her to bed—
compressed within narrow limits, that mass nightfall. place where the devoted Ellen was glad
of heroes, having oaught new energy and At ten o'clock the last gun was fired. enouali to retreat to. for, no sooner had she.
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form you that Miss Ellen, my niece, declines place in the mountain fastness, vhere not
martyr-lilie, swallowed the drug, than she less than forty-flve or fifty men were as-
the honor of seeing you."
was taken sick in dead earnest, and so sick Langford's bloated face instantly became sembled.
indeed, that she could hardly hold her head This was a guerrilla camp, and the leader
crimson with rage.
as none other than he whom our old friend
,

"'renton, then, was left to carry put the At length, suppressing his passion, he
managed say Tim O'Conuell had treated with such undue
plot alone and he at once bethought him-
to
famiUarity some weeks before, when Fenton
:
;
" I would detain her but for a few mo-
self of one who was acting as his orderly— Dunbar's party had come to the rescue of
ments. I simply wish to make an explana-
trusty fellow, wholly devoted to his inter- himself and his friends.
tion—an explanation in connection with the
death of a friend of hers. If you will be so The guerrilla chief, hearing approaching
'^' He found him, and
stated the case. The and
.Mderly entered into his plans; aud, so far
kind as to tell her that, I am sure she will footsteps, instantly started to his feet,
we see me." was on the qxilvive,.
:is Giit and his friends are concerned, , ,
Miss Lydia considered for a brief period.
.

"Ah! good evening. Captain Blyer!" ex-


kmnv the result. .
Certainly Loren Langford belonged to a claimed Langford, as he drew near. " Vigil-
The ne.xt morning tl>ere was a terrible good family and, perhaps, on the whole, it ant as ever, Isee."
r.iiuiHis at the Chimneys. The sentinel who " We have to be, sir," responded the guer-
;

was better to have his friendship than his


imd guarded the iuner door being found rilla,taking the other's proffered hand.
ill-will, so, presently, she said
dead drunk in the room where the prisoners " Very well, sir, I will speak to her," and " Well, you are here then, at last. I have
h;id been confined, aud the "blue-birds" been expecting you for the past half hour
I liemselves were no longer in the cage— they with a slight inclination of the head she left
had Uown. the room.
A few moments later Ellen appeared, and "I came as soon as I could manage it,"
The sentinel told his story.
A comrade had come through the hallway there was something repelling, both her m said Langford "but, the fact is, I had some
;

looks and voice, as she said trouble in getting away, and then, the walk-
about eleven o'clock, aud had given him a " You have something to say to me about ing through this confounded forest isn't the
driuk of whisky out of his canteen— after best in the world."
lliat he could remember absolutely noth-
Elmer Carroll, whom you murdered. Please " No and it's a mighty good thing for me
say it in as few words as possible, and relieve ;

me of your presence." that it isn't," said Blyer.


\Vho was the fellow ? " True, I didn't think of that. Now,
He didn't know— thought it was one of "Murdered!" exclaimed Langford, catch-
ing at that one word. "He was no more Captain, can we get right down to business—
Ills own regiment, but didn't see his face, you know."
murdered than any man who is hanged as a for time is precious, as
aud so couldn't swear to it. belonged to the Caroline " Yes suppose so. Well, come over here
The officers talked it over, and at last de- deserter. He ; I
where we can see each other's
.-.luutv he deserted it and went
ivirirapnt; by the fire,
cided that it must have been thi- Yaiik.-i' We took him prisoner faces while wetalk, and you can tell me just
who escaped, that he must liavf .tuni.Ml MviT t.) till' I'ui'iny.
i ;

a sharp i-\ii;ageiuent last month; he was what you want."


touud one of thedead t'oiifH.lciatf's .oats: 111

i^niz.dasa leserter, and hung by order Langford followed the guerrilla to the
(lut it on; discovered ami imi.ar.'i lli.'
i

:i'iii-ial Stuart." fire, and as he seated himself near him,


horses for the road, and tin u [ilaycil the asked
bold game with the s
'

Who recognized him?" asked Ellen,


"Well, what do you want to know the m
So, after cursing tb 1 loMlriiiking coolly. ,
first place?"
,

the whisky— a fault it tliian would "I— I— don't know," stammered the vil-
" Exactly what you expect of us,,and what
— was pt-rmitted lain; half a dozen or more, I believe."
"some
liave committed tht " Yourself among the number?" you are willing to pay for the job," respond-
to dr Ell.- 11 \\ cut nil her way rejoic-
" Of course, when I was asked, as a Caro- ed the chief.
line county man, if I knew the prisoner, I "I'll tell you in the fewest possible words,"
established at
said Langford. " You know Glenwood
l.uiiid li.i- !"
iff amit and cousin. was obliged to say Yes."
Stiini'wall Jackson in the "It was very much against your will to do
" Senator Mason's place yes I know it." — .

.t
so, uo doubt," said Ellen, bitterly. "Well, there's a girl stopping in that house
thi' earliest visitors at the who I want to get possession of, and that too,
'cutou Dunbar, was Loren "I know my duty as a soldier, Miss
Wavne," retorted the other. with the least possible delay."
«as now an orderly ser-
" Yes ; I am perfectly aware of the fact— "Oho! and you want us to carry her off
promise of soon being a for you?"
suppose you were also obliged to assist your
Loren was received old schoolmate out of the world— there
rprise,
',llcn, who, indeed, scarcely
wouldn't have been enough to have per-
" Hum ! Well, it can be done, I suppose.
iiok any notice of him dur- formed that pleasing task without yon." How much will you pay ?"
" How much do you want for the job ?"
Langford bit what little was left of his lip " Stealing a girl out of that house will
in vexation and rage.
" You appear to be wonderfully well-in- kick up a deuce of a rumpus, you know.
part he had played in the mure The widow is a friend of Stonewall Jackson
young lover had" filled her pure formed," he sneered.
" I know the whole story, sir— know it ex- and then, Colonel Wayne is the guardian of
lietestatioii for the villain, aud, to her daughter— is that the girl ?"
actly as it occurred. I had it from one who
1

made no mistake in the gloomy recital." "No— no; it's the widow's niece I want."
"Will you give me his name'?" asked "Whew!" whistled the guerrilla chief.
upper lip only added to her loathiug. " Wayne's own daughter! that's worse yet."
Loreu'Langtord went away with a heart Langford, fiercely.
"No, sir— I will not." "I don't think so."
hurniug with rage and fury. " He has slandered me fearfully, and I de- " No I suppose not— when you're making
;

The next morning he met Dunbar, who, in "


fact, he little suspected was his rival. He mand his name, that I may punish him as he a bargain
-and nov
richly deserves." "Well, that's the girl I
told him of the reception he had met with " He told the simple truth," rejoined El- what's your price?"
the night before. "I'll do it for a thousand dollars."
"And now," he asked, anxiously, "what len, "and his story was corroborated by
can be the meaning of it ? She can't treat another— an eye-witness; and, so far as I am
"A thousand dollars!"
concerned, you shall have no further oppor- "Yes; and not a cent less."
me so on account of that miserable little tunity to shed innocent blood." "You want too much, Blyer," said Lang-
<^ub, Elmer Carroll, for he's dead and out of " Miss Wayne," said Langford, suddenly ford, impatiently. " Come down a little."
the way— I happen to know that, for " Impossible, sir. The fact is, I wouldn't
Ha-ha!" drawing near her, "you know quite as well
tain.
as I can tell you, that I love you— have loved undertake it for that, if I didn't expect to
Dunbar, who from Ellen had learned all make something out of the expedition.
the facts of Elmer's death, as given her by you for years, aud that I wish to make you else
and such-
my" wife. Now theu, will you marry me?" I suppose there's plenty of plate
Grit, aud confirmed by Newton, fairly like in the house?"
Marry you No, indeed, sir. I would die
"Yes; certainly— the family's rich, you
!
shuddered.
"Laugford," he said, at last, coolly, "you sooner than marry such as you— one whom
I rcard as not a whit better than a mur-
know."
ask luy opinion, and to tell you the truth, "Then there's the widow's pretty daugh-
my opinion really is that her knowledge of derer."
" Look out! You may go too far, you ter," said the guerrilla, with a leer; "and is
your own connection with Elmer Car- there any other gal there, sergeant?"
roll's death accounts for her treatment of
regrei your words yet. Remember,
"Yes," said Langford, "Miss Millie
not easily balked of my desires."
" Do you dare to threaten me, si asked Wordsworth cauif from Richmond to-day.
" Her knowledge!" exclaimed Langford. She's a ! aiiki'i- ^hl. vou know, but has been
" Who in thunder ever told her what I had Ellen, scornfully. , ^
" I dare do anything that tends to con in the '..nil di rat.- .-apital for nearly a year.
(

to do with it?" Then, suspiciously "Did :

my comfort or happiness, I
" Her parents die.l s.i she came South to reside
tribute to
But Ellen would hear no more, and with- with her uncle, her only livingrelative."
"Certainly not," answered Fenton. "In "Ah! yes; I've seen her; but I prefer
fact, I knew nothing whatever about it
out a further word she swept from the
room. Miss Hilda, she's more to my taste. Come,
until she told me herself." "Curse her!" muttered the disappointed
,
. . ,

Langford, I'll tell you what I'll do. See


"Who did tell her, then?" growled the
man. " But I'll bring her to her senses yet, yonder?"
villain. " If I only knew the man I'd send
have my will of her, and then— ha, ha!— "The opening there? Y'es."
him to his Satanic Majesty so quick that I'll
"Well, there's as nice a hiding place as can
if she won't come down from her
we'll see
he'd never know what struck him." be found anywhere in these mountains.
" I can't tell you. Perhaps your best plan high horse," and, hearing footsteps ap-
proaching along the hallway, he quickly That cave contains no less than a dozen
would be to address the lady herself upon apartments. A whole regiment could hide
the subject," said Fenton. made his exit through one of the parlor
there, and remain in perfect security for a
Langtord considered for a moment, and lifetime. Now theu, give me one thousand
It with:
dollars, and the privilege of bringing off the
by Jov
,
and that, too, before CHAPTER XXIII. other two girls, and all the treasure the
ight." VrLLAINOUS BABOAIX. house contains, and I'll secure your charm-
That very afternoon he procured leave of er, bring her here, and keep her in safety,
absence, aud rode over to Glenwood. That same night, at about ten o'clock.
Loren Langtordlhppedout of the Confeder where you, and you alone, can visit her, un-
He asked for Miss Ellen Wayne. Miss til she's perfectly willing to remain with you
Lydia came in her stead. ate camp, and having provided himself with
" I beg pardon, ma'am," said Langford, a "uide, whom he found waiting at an without any fuss, wherever you may see fit
appointed place, plunged into the neighbor- to keep her.
rising, "it was the other Miss Wayne, your " All right," said Langford, after a mo-
niece, whom
I wished to see." ing forest.
more than three- ment's consideration, " it's a bargain. Now
" I aui perfectly aware of the fact," said After a weary tramp of
quarters of an hour they came to a secret when can you undertake the job?"
Miss Lydia, calmly; "but, sir, I beg to lu-
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" How would to-morrow night do ?" asked among you— while we number more than soon found the snuggery, and came upon
Blyer. fifty. Come, we've no time to spend in fool- evidences of strife.
"Make it the next night," said Langlord' ing, for we're bound to gut this place, and The guerrillas had been careful to remove
"by that time I shall have the rhino ready.', wo want to get through and dig out before their own dead and wounded, butstill it was
"Very good; we'll be ready then. By the easy to see that there had been hard fight-
way, you'll bear us company ?" 'No, sir I Xever will we sui render to ing in that very room, as the blood upon the
surli asynn," nieil Colonel Wayne, leveling floor aud the shattered ornaments and per-
" Then, everything's settled." a levdlver at the guerrilla chief's head. forated walls betokened.
"Yes; and, now, return to my quar-
I'll Crack I Then Tom Merrett came upon the dead body
ters. "^Vhere's that guide?" But Blyer had sprung to one side just in of a negro servant in the hallway, aud a mo-
" Over yonder, waiting for you." time to save his worthless life, and the bul- ment later Charley Clayton gave a cry of
" Ah, yes, I see; and, now, good-night!" let penetrated the brain of the man directly horror and consternation from the front
"Good-night!" behind him, who fell heavily to the floor. door.
The two consummate villains parted. With a howl of rage the guerrillas sprung All hastened thither.
upon the two Confederate officers, and in "My God, this is awful!" exclaimed Sid
less than a minute there were at least twenty Newton.
CHAPTER XXIV. of them in the room. "It's more than that— it's fiendish!" said
THE ABDUCTION. Still, for a time they fought well and des- Grit, with quivering lips; "and if I don't
Two days passed. Tlie second night came. perately, each killing two men, and wound- find out something more about it soon I shall
There had been quite a gathering of gray- ing no less than eight between them. go mad."
coated officers in Mrs. Mason's drawing- But the odds were too great, and at length At that moment Sid, who had approached
rooms, but now nearly all were gone in — Colonel Wayne fell bleeding to the floor, the heap of murdered blacks, gave utter-
fact, but two remained. Colonel Wayne, and Dunbar was knocked senseless with the ance to an exclamation of surprise, and
Elli'ii's futlici-, and her would-be lover, butt of a carbine. dropped upon his knees before the repulsive
Lieutiiuiut I'lutdii Dunbar. This ended the fight. pile.
All hail ctiit'd to a cozy little apartment,
1 Five minutes later all in and about the Grit hastened forward.
designated )>- Mrs. Mason as the snuggery, house had been secured. " What is it, Sid?" he asked.
and Colonel Woyne had just finished a glass " How many prisoners are there in all?" "I ain't quite certain. Grit; but I think
of old wine, which, as he said, he had taken asked Blyer of his lieutenant. this old man has some life in him vet," was
to fortify himself for the road. " The two officers and five white women, the reply.
There had been a moment of silence, which an' mor'n twenty niggers— half on 'em "Godgrant you may be right! and Grit "

the colonel now broke. wenches," was the reply. fell upon his knees by his side.
"Come, Feuton, my
boy," he exclaimed, " Hum, that's more than we can accom- Soon the other bodies were lifted away,
suddenly starting to his feet, " if you're modate up yonder, ain't it, lieutenant?" and the one that had attracted Sid's atten-
quite through ogling that trio of pretty girls, " Yes, cap'n, a durned sight." tion was raised up.
we'll be going." " Then parade such o' ther darkies as we've "Seipio!" exclaimed Grit, " Great Heav-
"Oh, papa!" cried Ellen, "why do you no use for, and blow 'em to kingdom-come ens! I am sorry for this. But, see, there
leave us so soon ? It's but little past eleven ; —dead men tell no tales; and this night's really is some life in him. may be able We
I'm sure you might stay another hour. Re- work mustn't get to Stonewall Jackson's to save him yet."
member, you didn't come near us at all last ears, that's certain." " At least," said Tom, " we can bring him
night." As incredible as it must seem, this cruel around long enough to tell us whose bloody
"(>i]ly:i littli' past i-li-veu, eh ?" laughed order was carried out, eleven negroes being work this is, so that we may have the satis-
hei' tat her, as ti.> ti.x.k nut liis watch. "Now, shot dead in front of the mansion. faction of avenging him and all the dead
this lui'lty litllf initli-trllcr says it's two The house was then- to borrow the elegant here."
minute-ito twelve, and I shouldn't wonder term used by fhegiierrillachief— thoroughly "Yes— yes; we'll avenge him. Ay, and
if you heard the clock strike in even less gutted. The prisoners were securely bound, what vengeance we'll wreak upou the cow-
liiiio than that. In fact, I shouldn't won- and the party at once retreated to the moun- ardly murderers!" and, while he was speak-
der Eh? What the deuce was that, tain fastness. ing. Grit had taken a flask from his pocket,
Fenton?" The night of terror wore away. which he now held to the old negro's lips.
Captain Dunbar was already on his feet. The morning dawned. After awhile tin? poor creature revived,
"It was a shot sir," he said; "and, of The glorious orb of dayrose higher and and uttered a feehle moan of pain.
course, comes from an enemy." stillhigher in the heavens, and cast his Th<'ii he ,,|ieni i| Ills eyes, and they rested
With flushed cheeks he sprung to the golden rays upon what had been beautiful, uponlliil, «iiM I', lis bending over him.
window. hospitable Glenwood; but now, alas! how "Masr (aiieli: '
he exclaimed, while a
"Colonel." he exclaimed, a moment later, changed look of pleasure lit up his dusky face.
while making a great effort to appejir calm,
" we are beiug surrounded. We've got to
Fences torn down, the negro quarters— to —
"Yes, it's me, Scip come to save you,"
make sure that not one of those who might said the scout, tenderly. "Where are you
fight for it or be taken prisoners; now, otherwise carry the dreadful news to Jack- hurt, my poor fellow ?"
which shall it be?" son escaped— burned and lying a heap of —
"No use no use; too late, Mas'r Carroll,"
"How many are there? Letme see," and ruins, the garden trampled over, the house sighed the old man. " Grim Def hab done
the colonel cautiously peered forth from the dismantled and plundered, and liefmc tlie gone got me. shuah. But I's mighty glad
window. open door and gaping wiiid.uvs a heaii of you'se come afore de good Lord tuk me, cos
"Ten— twelve— thirteen," he muttered, murdered blacks piled up, wlule still an- yer may be ableto help de young missus an'
"on this side, and I suppose as many more other lies stretched across the threshold. hermudder."
oueaeh I'f the otliers— say fifty in all, and Only last night the place was alive with " Yes— yes; tell us all about if, Scip that —
only lis r,v<. and a few niggers to oppose joyous song, and the walls of the house is, if you have streugth to do so. Who
them. IliMn' lie thing looks blue enough
I "fairly shook with laughter." But now robbed the house and killed or carried off all
how still the— stillness of death is upon it. the inmates?"
"Ne'veVl'heie.-s,'- 'exelanned Feulon, "I'm An hour pas-ed. "Degood Lord will give me strength to
for li;:litin- tlieni, sir-ami tliat to the Suddenly llnre seemed to be a slight tell yer, Mas'r Carroll. It war Cap'n Blyer
deatli." and then, in a l.uv wliisper-, he add- movement in tie- adjacent forest, and after an' his band o' thieves; an' dar was a Coii-
a short inler\al lonr men appeared at the fedei-ate sojer wid 'em dat seemed like he
jt girls, i£ those outside ga edge of the woods and crouched behind a war a kind o' boss."
hert neighboring wall. —
" Who was he who was he ?" asked Grit,
'Right, by Jove!" cried the colonel. "Let " Don't see a mortal soul about the place," eagerly.
us close and fasten every door and window, whispered one ;" and I should think from " Beckon I used ter see him down in your
and defend the place as long as we can the stillness, that nobody was up yet." country, Mas'r Carroll; but den dar wasn't
stand. Quick! quick!— or it will be too Then, after a pause " I'll give just one cull,
: de mark o' Cain upon his brow, an' his upper
late." perhaps my old fi and Sc ip will answer," lip wa'n't gone."
Alas! it was already too late. The assail- and the speaker gaye a qniek sharp whistle, "Ah-h-h! Loren Langford!" hissed the
ants were, even then, forcing their way into which the opposite liills sent back in echo. scout,between his tightly clinched teeth.
the house. There was no other auswer. " Dat's him— dat's him, sah, shuah !" said
Crack !— crack "Something's wrong. Grit," said another the negro, excitedly. " Dat's what I hearn
Down went a negro servant, and a bullet of the party, " you can restassured of that.'' young Mas'r Dunbar call him, I 'member
lodged in the wall, after passing through a "I fear so, too," rejoined the Union scout; now."
picture, just above the colonel's head. for it was Grit himself and his companions. " Was Fenton Dunbar here?"
Crack!— crack! Then, after another ineffectual call " Yes, sah an" de colonel, too, 'spects dey's
;

Another servant fell, and a beautiful vase " We must manage to get around to the killed him; leastwise he war bleediu' pow-
on a stand liy Mrs. Mason's side was shat- back of the negro quarters by skirting the erful when I seed him last."
tered to fragments. "And— and Miss Hilda— the girls ? "

At least, a'dozen of the enemy were now in "But can we do that?" asked Charley "'Spects dey's carried 'em all off, Mas'r
the adjoining room. Clayton. Carroll."
"Thunder and blazes!" suddenly exclaim-
ed the colonel, "these are not Yankees—
" We'll try," was the brief answer, and —
".Sid—Tom Charley!" cried thescout, ex-
they set out at a rapid pace. citedly, " we must do something for this
they are ourown people!" Soon they had accomplished their pur- poor fellow. He must tell his story to Stone-
"Ah! I understand now," said Fenton pose, and were close upon the spot where wall .Tackson, and when he's heard it, it he
Dunbar, bitterly, "they are our own peo- the quarters had been. don't root out that murdering baud of out-
ple, but ten times more to be feared than Then (iiit ('arioll ;;ave utterance to an laws, why, I'm mistaken, tliafsall."
the worst Yankees that ever crossed the exclamatii f eensteination and rage. "No use, Mas'r (arndl, no use," mur-
Potomac. They are Blyer's guerrillas, and "Whose werk is this?" he cried. " I must mured the old nes:ro. "Degood Lord am
—yes I thought so there's Sergeant Lang-
! ; know, and that right speedily." callin' fur me eben now I hear his glorious
;

ford, of the Caroline county cavalry, among "Great Heavens! he exclaimed the next
"
voice. Yes, Lor', I's comin'— I'scomin'!" and
them. They have come at his bidding, and moment, "look at the house— the windows throwing up his arms poor Scip fell back
are broken, and all the doors stand open. dead.
then! Come, there's little fear of our meeting any
ment, at tl oue; let us follow up this mystery to the
the room, with a dozen men at his back— end of the chapter," and with strange feel-
CHAPTER XXV.
" now, then, I say, surrender— the whole kit gs tugging at their hearts they hurried to- THE U.ITTLE OF CEDAI! MurXT.UX.
of you. There's no use of your holding out ward the mans Itwas now the first week in August, and
for another moment. There's only two men They entered by the back door. They the military authorities at Washington hav-
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Ing obtained authentii : information, which were assailed with a terrific storm of shot
lie (,'oufederaf e gen- and shell, which might well have appalled
loiMiidable force for even veteran warriors. engagement as soon as possible.
: tlieariuy oommand- As they approached the base of themoun- Rickett's division being close at hand,
ncl, ailvancing to the tain, the rebels, whom the woods till then was quickly upon the field, and took up
hiiigtou or of Baltl- had concealed, rushed forward in immense their position on the right.
o summon the forces numbers, and attacked the Federals with The battle was then renewed with greater
uudf Western Virginia, to musketry. The latter were mowed down desperation and destructiveness than be-
Me dispatch, and di- like grain before the reaper; but still they fore.
reeled liini tuiv ll pepper at once, and advanced without flinching. It did not long continue, in consequence
threaten Gordo of the spread of the partial darkness of
Thi3 movement instantly excited the ap- night over the scene.
,
prehensions of the rebel leaders. them there firmly.
Jackson and Ewell immediately called in But soon heavy reinforcements of infantry,
all their forces, and prepared to cross the consisting of about eight regiments, enabled
Rapidau at Barnett's Ford. the rebels to overpower the heroes before
Among others whom this andden and un- them, and compelled them eventually to re- fantry and cavalry terminated, the rebels
'
expected movement peremptorily recalled tire. drove back the Federal troops for a consid-
to their duty was Loren Langford. Captain This movement they accomplished quietly erable distance, and occupied their position.
Blyer too received an intimation that his and in good order. But during the night the enemy receded up
own, and the services of his band, for a few It was now half-past six, and the engage the mountain to their fastnesses, and on the
days would be highly acceptable, and a fur- ment became general. It was marked bj following day occupied a line of defense
ther intimation reached him that he special furyon the Federal right wing. still nearer to its summit.
had better not slight this urgent invitation. During more than an hour the most san-
The cave then, and the several prisoners guinary slaughter was inflicted here by both
therein confined, were left in charge of a sides. CHAPTER XXVI.
dozen or more men, while the guerrilla chief, At one time the enemy were successful DEATH OF LOEEN LANGFORD.
at the head of some forty odd thieves and surrounding the right flank by the use of an
cutthroats, rode off to join Jackson's artlflee scarcely excusable by the laws of Meanwhile, when the rebel troops that had
column. honorable warfare. come up under false colors had been driven
Thus, for a few days, Ellen, her cousin, Hoisting the stars and stripes, a large body back. Grit Carroll sprung eagerly toward
and their friend, were relieved of the pres- suddenly emerged from the woods in such a the spot where he had seen his arch-enemy
ence of their tormentors. position as to assume the appearance of a go down.
All their arrangements being perfected, reinforcement to the Federals. After a few minutes' search, he found
Jackson and EwelT crossed the Rapidan, ap- he latter wer him, and one glance told him he was not
proached the position occupied by the corps "Thank God! dead.
of General Banks, near Cedar Mountain, and ham— who, with his whole comrhand were Lifting him in his strong arms as he would
on Saturday, the ninth day of August, a acting as infantry— as he saw the glorious an infant, he bore him forward, and quickly
battle was fought between the two armies, flag; "there comes welcome aid at last!" gained the other side of the wall, where he
scarcely second in fury and stubbornness to "Don't you be too sure of that, major," threw him upon the ground.
any which had occurred during the war. who was by his side, those
said Grit Carroll, "
The pain caused by this somewhat rough
The point at which this fearful contest demons are mean enough to play any trick treatment restored the wounded villain to
took place was about five miles south of Cul- and, if I'm not greatly mistaken, it's the his senses, and as he opened his eyes he saw
pepper Court House, on the road to Gor- enemy; and Blyer's guerrillas are aAong Grit Carroll bending over him.
donsville. them." Instantly a look of terror came into his
The enemy took their position on the side But Burnham and the other Federal otH- face.
of Cedar Mountain, where they were pro- cers felt sure that the advancing column " Ah you know me then, do you— you
!

tected in a large degree by thick forests. was composed of friends coming to reinforce miserable, cowardly villain?" hissed the
They numbered at least twenty-five thou- them, and so turned a deaf ear to the shrewd scout.
sand men. scout. "Yes, yes— you are Clinton Carroll, cit
The advantages of their position were very " Come!" exclaimed Grit, hurriedly catch- Caroline county," muttered Langford.
great, for it commanded a full view of the ing hold of Sid Newton and Tom Merrett, " I am," said Grit, sternly "and you are
;

operations of the Federal troops below when he saw there was no use saying any the murderer of my brother." I

them, and enabled them to post their bat- more to the ofiicers. " Where's Charley ? "I never murdered him," muttered the
teries in several successive tiers, semicircu- "The major's sent him with a message to other. " He was hung by Stuart's orders, as
lar in their outliTie, by which they could General Banks," said Tom. a deserter."
simultaneously cannonade the whole body " Then we can't wait for him. I tell you, "Yes; but through your instrumentalitv.
of their assailants. boys, we must get in a few shots yonder. I know the whole story. One who heard
The positiou of the latter was completely Do you see that stone wall ?" and saw all is even now close by your side."
exposed to the enemy, having no advantage " Yes— yes !" responded his companions. The wounded man quickly turned, and
of natural or artificial defense whatever. "Well; we'll plant ourselves behind that. saw Sid Newton.
On the day previous to the battle, the bri- It'sa good thing we've dismounted just now. "Ah! I remember him," he said, after a
gade of General Crawford had been thrown Come, I say "—and the three hurried to the close scrutiny.
forward to observe the movements of the shelter of the friendly wall. "You made a bargain with the guerrilla
enemy, and oppose his advance. General The enemy approached nearer and nearer, chief Blyer to attack the house of the Widow
Banks occupied this position with his entire and soon it was seen that they were prepar- Mason, and carry off all the inmates. Where
corps on the day of the engagement. ing to pour in a volley on the Federal lines. are they now? "

Bickett's division of McDo^'


jwell's corps '
Now was the time for the scout and his Langford set his teeth hard and did not
three miles in his rear. companions to get in their best work.
The <!orps of Sigel, which had been march- "Wait exclaimed Grit.suddenly. 'There's
! '
' ' Grit, with a fearful light in his eye, drew
ing during all the night preceding the bat- a revolver, and after cocking it, placed the
tle,was allowed to halt in Culpepper to re- muzzle close to the villain's head.
cruit for afew hours. " Where are they?" he demanded, in a
Thus the engagement commenced between terrible voice.
the enemy and the corps of Banks, which asked Grit of his "I won'ttell. Ha, ha! I can balk you,
comprised about seven thousand men. crouching comrades, as he thrust his own even in death," exclaimed Langford.
The combat opened with an artillery duel, carbine through a hole in the wall. Once more, and for the last time, where
at a quarter-past two o'clock in the aiter- "All ready!" wasthe answer. they?" demanded the scout,
"Then here goes! "—and instantly a report mgiord's right hand quickly slipped to
It was at once evident that the rebels pos- rang out, and Loren Langford was seen to his side; as quickly it laid hold of the handle
sessed an immense superiority in the num- fall. of his knife; the next instant, with the yell
ber of their guns. With a low but exultant shout, Sid and of a fiend, he started from the ground and
Tom leveled their weapons and flred. fellupon the scout.
The guerrilla chief's left hand dropped the His knife passed through the sleeve of
of their position; but the greater accuracy bridle and fell useless by his side, while his Grit's coat, slightly wounding the arm he
of their aim was equally apparent. lieutenant tumbled from his horse like a iuvoluntarily raised to protect himself;
In an hour, one of the rebel's six batteries sack lit meal. then, a pistol-shot rung out, and the misera-
was silenced. Again and again the three brave men put ble villain fell back dead, with a bullet in
The Federals then closed up their lines on in their work; and with them every shot his brain.
the right and left, and advanced toward the told ; none were really wasted. If they " Only one more of the murderers left tn
enemy. didn't kill outright, they wounded, and that kill," was Grit's calm comment.
The left wing having approached two hun- was nearly as well. " Carroll, Newton, Merrett- the major
dred yards nearer than their first position, By this time the enemy had approached so wants you three, and Charley Clayton, for
lay flat on the ground, while the contest be- near the Federal lines that they were able to a special service, to be undertaken immedi-
tween the artillery continued, so that the inflict upon them a destructive volley of ately. He thinks no one else can do it.
deluge of shot discharged by the foe passed musketry. You'll find him at the edge of the woods
over them harmlessly, though they could Convinced by this argument of the great yonder;" and the orderly who brought this
not escape the effects of their bursting mistake they had made, the Union troops in- message, rode quickly away.
shells. stantly returned the salute, and charged "Come!" said thesoout; "we must be off;
At four o'clock, another of their batteries upon the foe with such ferocity as to break Uncle Sam's business must be looked after
was silenced. their ranks and compel them to retreat in first; we'll finish up mine afterward. Why
At that moment, they advanced from the utmost disorder behind their first po- don't you come along, Tom ?"
their position, and made a bold attempt to sition. It's just occurred to me," responded
flank the left of the Federals. This move- As night approached the contest became Tom, in a matter-of-fact tone, "that it
ment was repelled and defeated by the gal- more and more furious. ght be just as well to go through this
lant advance of Geary's brigade. General Banks still held the position which dead scoundrel's clothes, they may contain
At half-past four, the troops under Gen- he occupied in the morning. """ethiug of interest to you."
erals Prince, Green, and Geary, were order- At seven o'clock General Pope arrived ih do so and bring away whatever
! ;

ed to charge the batteries of the enemy on upon the field, and sent an order to General you may happen to find with you. I'll
the left. As the Federals approached they McDowell to advance General Rickett's di- hurry to the major at once. Since he
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mounted (he gold leaves, he likes to be kept firstalmost made his blood run cold, and It he was to gain the apartment occupied
waiting less than ever." then fairly drove him wild with rage and by the ladies, not a moment must be lost.
"Go ahead, then, and I'll be with you in horror. He went to the passageway leading from
almost less than no time," and, kneeling by At length the trio of villains rose to go out his own door.
the dead man's side, Tom quickly begun his into the open air. The man left to guard the place was re-
search. "It's all settled, then i" said the Confed- cliningoil a bed of leaves.
He foundseveral things of value and im- erate officer, in a highly satisfied tone. " We Whether he was asleep or not, Fenton
portance—among tiiem ii'letter. understand eacn other perfectly ?" couldn't tell.
"Ah!" he exclaimed, when he had read
this, " Grit will like to see this, sure. must
"Yes," answered Blyer, "it there's no mis-
take about the gals— mine, you understand,

Cautiously noiselessly, he left the room
I and slipped into the one occupied by the
hunt him up at once." is Miss Hilda Mason." ladies.
He found him. "That'sall right," said the officer, "I don't In the dim light he saw them crouching in
Grit read the letter, and put it carefully care a copper which is yours, so long as mine a corner.
away in his pocket. Fifteen minutes later, is pretty Miss Wayne, the colonel's daugh- "Who's there?" demanded Miss Lydia,
the four friends wc-re on the road to Culpep- sharply, and yet not in a very loud tone.
'And Rugdon, you are satis- "Hist!" cautioned Fenton. " It's me— Fen-
iii-iTilla chief. ton Dunbar. I come to give you warning of
als nor Confederates seemed disposed to re- !-'li"d the new lieuten- our approaching fate. Can you bear to hear
new the engagement. ant; "tb.' 1.1 il Yankee girl's good
The desperate struggles which had already enough for lue " I hope we're all good Christians," said
taken place, the overpowering heat of the "Then an hour hence," said Blv.r, in a Miss Lydia, "and, as our lives are in the
weather, the immense number of dead and tone of decision, "thecoloiifl anil tiirvcung hands of God, that we will be resigned, what-
wounded of both armies, whose bodies cov- lieutenant die; and after that thr'triple ever our fate may be."
ered the plain below and the mountain marriage ceremony takes place! Ha, ha! Fenton had now reached Ellens side.
above, who must be cared for, removed, or Captain, it's a mighty good thing for you
buried, rendered it indispensable that the that Loren L,augford hopped the twig at
Cedar Mountain the other day." she said, in a faltering voice.
"Yes, indeed," assented the Confederate "Yes," he answered; " and the trouble is,
officer, "and now let's get into the open air, there are but a few moments left in which
this place is stifling." to tell it."
Durii;;; Si AH right, come ahead," and the chief " Are w
forces wi-ic Miss Lydia, pointed!.
corps of (ieuerai i;;inks.
It was then couhdeutly expected that the
"Worse that that —far worse!" faltered
passed : [colonel and Fen- poor Dunbar.
battle would be renewed, and an attempt ton, came ind. II if the cave. " What can be worse !" asked the maiden
made to dislodge the enemy from their "My fric-ii.l,- unci Wayne, in as lady.
position on the mountain. But, during steady a v>.i,i. a- ild command, "let " Perhaps the easiest and best plan would
Monday night they voluntarily withdrew me have a light. be for me to give you this letter, and for you
from their stronghold and crossed the Rapi- five minutes. I to read it aloud," said the young man.
dan. Miss Lydia took the letter, and, in a voice
General Buford was sent forward with " All right," said the fellow, and some ten that did not tremble once, read it through
four regiments of cavalry in pursuit, to minutes later he handed Fenton Dunbar a to the end.
watch their movements, and ascertain their folded note. Then, for a few moments, there was a
route. The young lieutenant opened it, and by deathlike silence in the place.
Many of the rebel dead were left un- the light of the messenger's torch read as It was broken by Ellen, who, in a voice of
buried ; many of their wounded were altan- follows unnatural calmness, said
doned by their departing comrades to their " DEAR Fenton :-I have just heard the details of " Fenton, you will surely obey my father's
fate. the must horrible plot ever concocted by human be- last request. I beg, if you truly love me,
The Federals lost in this battle, in killed, that you will do so."
wounded, and missing, about two thousand. An agonizing sob was her only answer.
The loss of the rebels was at least three "And, Lieutenant Dunbar,'' said Hilda
thousand in killed and wounded alone. erpetrated, you will understand the rest— I ca
Mason, as soon as she could catch his atten-
erto it more directly.
The struggle was one of unusual fierceness " Oh, Fenton, watch over my Ellen— indeed, tion, " I beg— I entreat the same great favor
and determination on both sides. es in your power for all those defenseless ladii at your hands."
The ground was covered for several miles emember! I charge you, my lovely girl muat
As these words passed the lovely Hilda's
with the kiUed and maimed, whose great lips, her mother uttered a moan of anguish,
numbers and horrible mutilations attested and fell fainting into Miss Lydia s arms.
the sanguinary nature of the contest. "Lieutenant," said Millie Wardsworth, " I
The ground, in innumerable places, was candle; but I cannot live dishonored. There-
honor and humanity, set her pure spirit free. Were fore, 1, too, must command your terrible yet
there no other hand to do it, I would emulate Virginius
could I get to her; but you will spare me so fearful a friendly offices."
enemy. task-l know you will. God help us we live in fearful !
" I shall kill myself," said Miss Lydia
an honor to the Federal
It was, therefore, times, when a fond father thinks it virtue to contem- Wayne, " as soon as I see there is any neces-
plate the deathof his own beloved child— and, oh. how
troops engaged, under such great disadvan- 1 love her I cannot venture to write another word. sity for mydoing so but I hope to kill at
;

tages of number and position, that by their


!

Remember, Fenton, I depesd on you. least one of the villains first."


heroism and fortitude, it they had not won " PniLii- Wayne." At this moment a number of the guerrillao
a complete and perfect victory, they had at The first effects of this letter on Fenton —Blyer among them — were heard in the
least fought at C«dar Mountain a drawn Dunbar were fearful. For a few moments main apartment of the cavern.
battle. he was like a madman, and the friendly " Yes," said the voice of the chief, " bring
guerrilla started back in affright, at the same out the colonel, and some of you fetch young
CHAPTER XXVn. time laying his hand upon his revolver to Dunbar along. We'll parade 'cm together,
THE FATE or THE PKISONEES IS SETTLED.
defend himself, if necessary. and send 'em to Heaven in company. Then
"Look a-here, Ueuteuaut," he presently for the rest of the fun afterward."
The time passed wearily to the prisoners said, "I ain't no kind o' scholard, an' I "Oh! Fenton— Fenton they're coming ! !

in the hands of the guerrillas. hain't got no kind o' an idee what's in that Don't, In mercy's name, wait another min-
The women were in an apartment by thar paper ther curnul sent ye but I reckon ; ute!" murmured Ellen, hastily. "Let me
themselves, while Colonel Wayne and Fen- thar ain't no manner o' use in your rearin' die now, and by your hand."
ton Dunbar were each conflued separately. an' tearin' round hyer like all possessed, in "My God! and must it be!" cried the
Fenton had managed, by bribing one of that air ridiculous sort o' way. Now, is young man, in very agony.
the rascals, to let the colonel know that the there?" At that moment there was another loud
place of his confinement was near the room These few timely words of the guerrilla call in the outer chamber.
occupied by the ladies, and that he thought, somewhat quieted Fenton, and quickly
should any violence be offered them, he understanding the necessity of keeping cool,
could penetrate to their apartment, and so he said :
CHAPTER XXVIII.
hrip to defend them. " You're right, I was too hasty. The fact THE TABLE TURNED.
He was the more inclined to believe he is, I was a little provoked at something the "Hark! keep quiet, both of you," com-
could do them good service, he informed colonel writes me. He claims I didn't do my manded Ellen's aunt Lydia. "Then, in a
,
him, as he had had the good fortune to pick part in the fight at Glenwood the other day, more gracious voice: "There's time enough
I up a keen-edged knife, that had been acci- says if I had done as well as he, we wouldn't to die when all hopes of a happy life are
( dentally dropped by one of the guerrillas, be here now. But there, he's an older man passed. They are not coming here yet."
and which he now kept constantly about his than I, and I'll think no more about it." At this moment those who had gone for
person. "Ther cunuel's wrong, ef he says yer did Fenton made their report.
This information con veyed a scrap of com- not tiirht well," .-ifflrmed the guerrilla; " fur "Not there!" roarnd the chiff. Where
fort to the fond father's soul and for a brief
; v.T.liiHi^ht lik.. a.ll jicssrss.^.l : l>iit you're thr deui'c is In- then? Hecan't Ijav,- c-scaped.
period he was somewhat more at ease. um.
The battle of Cedar Mountain was fought, 'e.,s the- .il,- l,.||,.i' ,1,,1,-t takeji;^ coufim Some time was uuw lost in tlie search.
the rebels retreated, and the guerrillas were At length Blyer's patience gave out, and
permitted to return to their fastness. After the me.ssenger had withdrawn, Fen- again he'roared
On the night of their return, the chief, ton set himself to thinking. " Come here, you confounded fools, some
whose left hand was supported by a sling, Yes, he at last concluded, there was no help of you ; look in the place where the gals are
held some conversation with his new lieu- for it if the colonel and he must die, rather
; eonfiued—ten to one he's there," and with-
tenant, and a sensual-looking Confederate than that she should be left behind, lu the out waiting to see whether he was obeyed
officerfrom Richmond, who had accom- power of these consummate villaius, Ellen or not, he liimseLt hurried forward, followed
panied them to the cave. should die by his own hand. by his lieutenant, the Confederate officer,
They had seated themselves about a small He would then tell the others what was and one or two men.
table in the back part of the main apart- likely to be their fate, and, if they felt so dis- " Bring a torch, some one," he cried, as he
ment, and almost directly before the place posed, they could take their own lives with stood in the entrance to the chamber.
where the colonel was confined, hence, he the knife he would give them. One was quickly brought.
could not but hear every word they uttered. Three quarters of the hour passed. "Ha— ha! "
exclaimed the blood-stained
Yes, he heard it all, and what he heard at Fenton heard footsteps approaching. villain, " there you are, eh? I thought so.
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Well, suppose you might as well die right
I number of ladies, somewhat disturbed, no " Ihim " said Grit, calmly.
fixed
"
Good Then the rest can be easily dis-
where j'ou are now, as at auy other place doubt, by the recent conflict ?' !

and time," and he slowly raised a pistol to "Certainly." . .


posed of we'll leave them to the tender
;

"Captain— captain!" called a whining mercies of Uncle Sam.


tal<eaim.
"Now— now! dear Fenton, quick, or it voice, from among a heap of the captives,
will be too late," whispered Ellen, eagerly. " I, too, am a Confederate ofBcer, and was a
"Must it l)e?" almost gasped the young priscmcr in the hands of these villains—
man, as he raised the knife to strike. trust you will treat me with the same cour-
" Yes— yes; quick !" cried the courageous tesy you have shown Colonel Wayne.
girl. Ah "
exclaimed Imost forgotten. I don't care wl ines ofthe prison-
"Ah! that's your irame, is it?" thrilling
ers," exclaimed M nlsworth, warm--
the guerrilla chief,' liastily. "Take that, Let me sa' vou. Captain Fair-
say, take us
eagerly for a mo- ly; "but, Charliy ',1
then you niiseralile whelp." child;" ai' 1

Two things combined to disturb his aim. ment in :i|'t;iiii


\-\\>- iiiir. .-
away from here a^ -ar^ possible."
" Why, ii:illv, coliiii.l, the request is so " I'm perfec le, 1 assure you,"
The first was the sound of a volley fired at " laughed the handsome Yankee captain;
the moment just outside the cave, and tlie unusual— in fiict, the thing itself so
other was a keen knife-blade, which at the began Captain Fuinhild, hesitatingly. "but the question is, where shall I take you
"And yet " interrupted Wayne, and to?"
same instant was plunged to the very hilt in "Why, back to my house, to be sure,"
his back. again he whispered.
"Yes— yes!" exclaimed the captain at said Mrs. Mason.
The pistol shot rung out, but the bullet "No! no! that will never do," interposed
Battened itself against the walla of the cav- last; " I can understand how you must feel
no other damage than to bring
ern, doing about the matter, and if the dirty whelp Grit, hastily,and then he whispered a few
down a shower of stalactites to the floor, don't object to your plan, I won't." words to the colonel.
" Mr. Carroll is right," said Colonel Wayne,
Colonel Wayne instantly went over to
where the Confederate oiBcer lay. gravely; " you cannot return to Gleuwood
could have struck that timely blow with the "I know you. Captain Floyd," he said, at present, dear madam."
" and I know the great influence you exert " And why not, pray ?"
knife?
The latter question shall be answered first. at Richmond. But I also know you for a "The fact is," said the colonel, slowly,
" these miserable vandals haven't left the
Colonel Wayne, finding himself suddenly consummate villain. I heard all that passed
left without a guard, and rightly judging between you and Blyer and his lieutenant. place in a habitable condition— for one
that Fenton and Ellen's lives were in immi- Now, then, if you will fight me at once, thing."
nent danger, at once rushed after the chief. and here, you have a chance for your life; " Then what can we do ?" asked the poor
if you will not fight, you die inside of fifteen
lady, almost in despair.
As Blj^er was about to fire, he quickly, and
unperceived, snatched a knife from the vil- minutes by the rope."
lain's belt and buried it to the hilt in his "This is hard, colonel," whined the said ( . , _ .

back. cowardly villain. emember there is a fine large house


" Is it as hard as the fate you intended for within the Union lines, which I can easily
Consternation seized upon the other out-
laws as their leader fell to the ground. For ine and my daughter?" exclaimed the col- manage to put at your disposal— in fact, I
a moment they stood as if stunned then, onel sternly. 'Then, as Floyd remained si- promise to do so. And then, you can have
the society of Colonel Wayne and Lieuten-
;

with yells of rage, they turned to look for lent: "Come! be quick— decide!"
the hand that had struck the blow; but " I— 1 will fight !" stammered the villain. ant Dunbar for as long as they are willing to
Wayne had already disappeared. " Cut his bonds, and give him a sword," remain with you, and I pledge myself that
But now something of far greater moment said Wayne, to one of the guards. Then, they shall return to their commands the
commanded their {ittention. Another and turning to Fairchild: "Captain, will you moment they have a disposition to do so."
stillanother volley was fired outside, and lend me yours for a moment?" "I must say I like the captain's plan," said
the great body of the guerrillas began to Captain Fairchild silently handed him his Colonel Wayne, after a little consideration ;
" and I am sure a few days' rest will do me
press hurriedly into the cavern, with the blade.
The colonel advanced toward his detested no harm. The fact is, my friends, I received
enemy. a rather uncomfortable wound at Gleuwood
Suddenly, Floyd, thinking he saw a the other day, and I find it is troubling me
Then the victorious cheers of the gallant enhance to get in a death-blow, rushed bold- even now."
Yankees were heard as they rushed toward ly upon him with uplifted sword. " And for my part, I shan't at all object to
the opening to the cave. Wayne, however, was watching him with keeping your company," said Fenton Dun-

Crack crack— crack eagle eye; and, as he was about to strike, bar, heartily.
" And we
go, I can see you often, can I
Down drop as many men. brought his own sword down with a curved if

Crack- crack- crack stroke across his neck, nearly severing his not, Clinton V" Hilaa asked the scout in a
Down go as many more. head from his body. whisper.
Then a volley is fired into the very cav- The scoundrel fell dead without a groan. "You shall see as much of me as you wish?"
ern's mouth, and at least a dozen bite the "Now," said the colonel, calmly, wiping Grit eagerly answered.
dust. his sword, and returning it to Fairchild, "That will be a great deal, then," she
" We surrender We surrender " was now
!
!
" let us go the ladies." murmured, with downcast eyes.
" Then ]/o», at leant, think none the less of
the universal shout, and the battle was "Willingly;" and they hastened to the
over. chamber where they had been confined. me, for fighting for the old Union ?"
" Nobly— bravely done! Captain Fairchild, They found Grit already there, deep in "No, indeed!" Were you not aware,
and it's a God-send we have not won this conversation with Hilda Mason, while CUnton, that I, too, am Union at heart?"
victory too late to rescue those we came to Fenton was conversing with Ellen and her "You, Hilda?— and yet, how could I even
save." strong-minded aunt. doubt it?"
" I am sure you need never have done so.
"Thanks for the compliment. Grit," re- Millie Wardsworth was seated beside
joined Charley Fairchild, now a captain, Mrs. Mason, who had just returned to con- For my part, I cannot forget that my
vice Burnham, promoted to a full majority. sciousness. father was a senator of the whole United
" And you see to placing a strong guard at On hearing approaching footsteps, she
all the outlets, so that not one of the villains looked up.
may escape. For I swear, by the living God, " Charley Fairchild " she exclaimed, and!
my dear girl," exclaimed Grit, heartily.
that if a single hair of Fenton Dunbar's instantly her face was suffused with " You have made me supremely happy."
head is injured, or if any harm has come to blushes. "Fall in! Fall in!"
your lady friends, I'll hang every mother's "Millie! Is it possible ?" cried the aston- The command went forth in cheerful
son of them." ished officer;"and have I really, without tones, and soon the party was ready for the
" That's the talk, captain. You suit me, knowing been of service to you, of al'
it, road.
you do," and the scout started out to place women in the world ?" The return march to the Union lines was
the guards. "Indeed you have, Charley ;"— then, t( accomplished without incident or accident,
"1 say! bring torches!" cried a voice at hide her confusion— "and you will do us an and the house Captain Fairchild had prom-
the other end of the great chamber, at this other great service, if you'll only take u ised them, was duly turned over to Mrs.
moment, and presently the cavern was fill- away from this horrible place with the least Mason and her party, and there they re-
ed with a perfect flood of light. possible delay." mained for some time.
Soon all the guerrillas were secured, when "Arrah! be aisy, thin, will ye? Och! At length, when a new movement of the
it was found that there were twenty-nine lave go bitin' av me fingers. Ye won't, ye armies rendered a change necessary, Mrs.
dead and wounded, and twenty-three pris- dhirty spalpeen ? Thin take that and that !
Mason and her daughter, together with
oners. Och, thin ye've let go at last, have ye? Aunt Lydia and Ellen, returned South, the
At this moment a Confederate officer Well, I know'd long ago that we'd be ther colonel and Fenton Dunbar having rejoined
came forward, and, addressing Captain death av aich other some day, an' sure, it's their commands some time before.
Fairchild, said come thrue at last." But Millie Wardsworth decided not to go
" Am
I right in supposing that you are the " What's that, Tim ?" asked Fenton Dun- South again. She listened to Charley Fair-
commander of this noble party, sir ?" bar, curiously. child's earnest pleadings, and they were
"I have that honor, colonel," responded " Why, sor, your honor, I've jist kilted quietly married, he obtaining a furlough for
Charley. ther murdherin' villain what wanted to kill the purpose.
" I am
Colonel Philip Wayne, of the —th all av us that day, whin ye fell into ther For a bridal tour they went North and
when the captain was obliged to rejoin his
;

Virginia regiment." wather forninst me, ye moind."


"Ah! have heard of you!" ex-
colonel, I " What !— and is Blyer really dead, then ?" regiment, he left his wife with his mother
claimed the Federal ofBcer, as he extended asked Grit. in their pretty country home, telling them
his hand; "you were held as a prisoner "He is, sor." they must be company for each other, until
by these consummate villains," I be- "I thought I finished him myself," said the cruel war was over.
lieve?" Colonel Wayne. Time sped by.
"Yes," rejoined the colonel, taking the "Y'edidnot, thin," affirmed Tim; "but, Battle after battle was lost and won. Grit
proffered hand " and now I surrender my-
; sure, he's dead intirely now, sor, afther Carroll and his three brave comrades did no-
self most cheerfully to you." bitin' me fingers nearly off— ther haythen, ble service, seldom resting, and always found
" I trust you will find the change an ther Turk !" where duty called, no matter what the dan-
agreeably one; I shall simply take your "Well, I'm glad you've made sure of him ger might be. But, as yet, although he had
parole, colonel." at last," said the colonel, "Now there's fired at him scores of times. General Stuart
" You are very kind ; and, now, may 1 ask only the scoundrelly lieutenant to deal had never been touched by his bullets.
you to step this way, where there are a with." At length oame the fearful series of bat-
! :

24 6-Ao THE WAR LIBRARY.


ties fought iu the vicinity of the Wilder- you would like, I will tell you just how it 136-MAJOR PAULINE CUSHMAN ;
was." or. Daring the Death Penalty.
All were respectfully silent while he spoke, B.\ V.-:inl E.Uvards. " Hi-li Private " U. 8. V.
and they could not be otherwise than atten-
tive, for the man's description of the battle
137-UNDER TWO FLAGS; or. The
'tits," and drive him out of was so precise, so circumstantial, so elo- Field of Stone River. AGrapLieTale
quent, and so startlingly vivid, that those
uy of t srlaud. Mo
By Morris
the conflict. Bedv
"All right, general," said Sheridan; and who had been there seemed to be living the 138-THE DRUMMER BOY;
instantly he started after the great laider. fiery scenes over again. or, Out
Two days later, that is to say, on the When he had concluded, all imderstood, With the Twelfth Corps. By Major
eleventh day of May, 18G4, his cavalry had and there was room for no more dispute. Walter WUnior.
reached a placed called Yellow Tavern, On the following morning, the soldier of 139-CANNONEER BOB; or. The
about six miles from Richmond, and here Shiloh went to the office to settle his bill Blockade Runner. By Major A. F
they encountered an immense body of rebel previous to departure, and asked the amount
cavalry commanded by Stuart person. m of his indebtedness.
Sheridan instantly ordered a charge, and Said the landlord
a terrible battle at o'nce ensued. •'
You were iu the army ?"
Grit Carroll was in the van, and, as the " Yes, sir." l!-.ll

came together, he was " May I ask what office you held ?"
hostile columns
" I held no commission, sir. I was but a
I4I-HIVAL CAPTAINS; or. Hero of
brought almost face to face with Stuart. the Pontoon Bridge. A Story of
Like lightniug his carbine sprang to his private soldier."
FiLdoricksbiirjr. By Colonel Oram Eflor.
' If it possible? Well, sir, I shall claim the
shoulder.
Crack ! privilege of celebrating this rare event by 142 THE OLD FLAG; or. Into the
And General J. E. B. Stuart fell to rise no making you a present of a receipted bill Cannon's Mouth. By Captain Forrest.
more without further cost to you. Of the thou- 143 BATTLE BEN; or, The Fortunes
It was all over in an instant, and a teelmg sands of soldiers that have stopped at my of War. A Live Story of Cliiekamauga.
almost akin to pain or sorrow took posses- house since the close of the war, you arc the By Morris Kedwing.
sion of him. first private on record!" 144-KNAPSACK NICK; or. Wolves
" That is mv
last shot," he said, and quiet-
of the Chesapeake Bay. A story of
ly fell to the iear. the War on Land and Water. By Corporal
"The fight was over. Their great leader Persuasiveness of the Musket. Morris Hoync.
was gone, and the rebels had no heart to General Steedman tells a good story which 145-SEVEN PINES; or. Shot, Shell
struggle longer. is applicable to the manner in which the and Minie. By Warren waiters.
Many horses, and most of their guns fell aristocratic Sixtieth Rifles recently skipped 46-ALL FOR GLORY; or. Prisoners
into the Federals' hands. out in front of Ramleh, and gave everything
I

It was a great victory for Sheridan. of War. By Maj. Walter Wilniot.


up to the Egyptians. While near Nashville 147 FIGHTING FOR FAME; or. The
the general had a negro regiment on the
CHAPTER XXX. picket line, and a young, bright mulatto Confederate Raider. A Story of
sergeant in command of a post got the drop South Mountain. By Morris Redwing.
CON'CLnSION.
When Sid Xewton, together with Tom and on a rebel post and captured the whole out- 1 48 "ON TO GETTYSBURG;" or.
Charley, came upon the scout that night,
fit. The rebels were a crowd of high-step- How the Fight Was Won. AThrii-
ping young Virginians, and some of them ling Story of the I'hrco Days' Struggles. Bj-
they were alarmed to find that he was seri- were badly wrought up by the idea of having Marline Manly.
ously wounded. to surrender to a "lot of niggers."
"Yes, boys," he said, "I'm badly hit, the General Steedman took their commander
149-DASHINC 0'DONOHOE;or, The
ball struck me just as I fired my last shot a fine young fellow, into his tent, extended Hero of the Irish Brigade. A Story
But," he quickly added, "it doesn't much some little courtesies to him, and, in the of the Seven Days' Battles. By Lieutenant
matter now, poor Elmer is wholly and course of his conversation, said:
Carlton.
fearfully aveuged, at last. The war is almost "It was a little tough, lieutenant, to be ISO-LIFE IN LIBBY PRISON;or, War
over, and so I shall ask for my discharge." taken in by colored soldiers, but war has Scenes in the South. A Stirring
A little later, he aid so, and after some de- strange experiences." story of the Rebellion. By Col.U.S.Warren.
was granted.
lay, it " Well, general," said the other, as he set SI-SHOULDER-STRAPS; or,lnthe
Soon after, he and Hilda Mason were mar- down his glass, "I've l)een in the army now Nick of Time. A Romance of
stirring
nearly four years, and if I've learned any- Gettysburg. By Major Walter Wilmot.
thing, it has been a profound respect for the
__ reside at Glen wood, where their chil musket. When the muzzle is shoved into 152-SHERIDAN AT APPOMATTOX;
dren the house with sunshine.
fill
my face I don't usually ask any questions as or, The Last Great Struggle- By
Sid Newton, Tom Merrett, and Charley to whose got hold of the breech."— rotcdo Ward Edwards, IT. S. V.
Clayton all remained in the army until the Blade.
close of the war. They have since bought 153-IRON ANDSTEEL; or. The Fall
large tracts in the South, and are prospering, of Port Hudson. Major A. F. Grant.
as they deserve.
Captain Fletcher Burnham, led on by
THE WAR LIBRARY 1 54-HAWKIN'S ZOUAVES; or. Thro'
ambition, became a brigadier-general, and I Coutaius Historic Tales of tliv War for the Leaden Rain. ByAMajor
True Story of a Fa-
Waiter Wilmot.
have heard him say, that had the war lasted mous Itigimcnt.
Union—original, full of life, daring adventure,
six months longer, he would have worn two IBS-MALVERN HILL; or, The Union
stars on each shoulder instead of one. He love, intrigueand patriotism— the unwritten his-
Spy of Richmond. By Corporal Mor-
is now a member of congress from his native
tory of the War. Historically true, as to dates and ris Hoyne.
state.
Captain Ingold also prospered but he ; occurrences ;
graphically true as regards possi- 136 TRUE AS STEEL; or. For His
was contented with a major's commission, biUties, these tales will interest as well as enter- Country's Sake, a Rousing Story of
and, I am glad to state, is in the army still. the Gunboat Flotilla. By Lieutenant Mack-
Tim O'Connell, God bless him, became a tain the reader. To the veteran, who will fight
into«h.
corporal, and after the close of the war, over between the well as the
man, he stumbled into a fortune. He .s
his battles lines, as
157-GUNBOAT DAVE; or, A Whirl-
president of a big mining company to-day. rising generation, ever eager to read of deeds of wind of Fire. A Rousing Story of the
Now for our rebel friends. patriotism and heroism this Library will be a wel- Red River Campaign. By Morris Redwing.
Colonel Wayne, being seriously wounded W.T.SHERMAN. A Story
in the Valley, resigned his commisson ic the
come -visitor. IS8 GEN.
and thereafter remained quietly The Wak Libraby will be issued weekly, com- of His Life and Military Services.
fall of 1864,
on plantation, where he still resides,
his
plete in each number. Fresh and original, it will Uy W. IL ViUiOrdcn.
occupy a new field, and be free from ultra parti-
with Aunt Lydia for his housekeeper. 159-SABER AND SPUR; or. Fated to
Fenton Dunbar became a captain ; and, zanship. Price ten cents a copy.
be Foes. By Mon Myrtle.
after the war was over, married Ellen, who
now graces his beautiful Richmond home, ISO-BRAVE BEN; or. The Brunt of
he being a bank president in what was once Catalogue of the War Library. Battle. A Romance of the Chattanooga
the Confederate capital. Canipai|-n. By M. C. Walsh.
[THE END.] 161 THE FATAL CARBINE; or, A
I30-CHARCE BAYONETS;or, Fight- Harvest of Death. A Stury of Cedar

RARE SPECIMENS. ing Under Hooker, by Caiitain Dick Mountain. By Major Walter Wilmot.
Stoadnian.
I3I-SOLD FOR A SOLDIER; or, The
162-HANDSOME JACK, or. The
Perhaps you have heard of the rare speci- Fortunes of a Yankee Middy. A
mens of soldierly humanity that appeared at Life of His Regiment. A story of
Talc of the Navy During the Civil War.
a popular hotel in the Southwest. thcArinv- .il tli.. I'nt,.nia.-. Ily Ward Ed-
Iu the large bar-room of the house, during
the evening, a discussion arose touohiug Isa-UNDER LITTLE MAC; or, The
certain events that transpired at the battle Spy Catcher of Richmond. By
of Shiloh.
The dispute waxed warm. Many of those
Major A, K. Grant. GENERAL U. S. GRANT,
133 BATTLE ECHOES ; or, Baudin's
present had been in the war, some engaged Boys at Chantilly. Hy Major waiter 20
Double Number. I'rlcc ceiil
on one side and some on the other, and, be-
ing military men— and oilicers at that, they
were very emphatic.
At length a modest gentleman, who had of a Famous t^ruise. By Licutenaut Mayne
been sitting in a far corner, quietly listening, Brace.
arose and came forward.
Gentleman," said he, " I happened to be
" 135-STARS AND STRIPES ; or. The
Siege of Fort Pulaski. By Major 'AddrVss,'"'"N(jrvELISTPUBLISHINGCO..
engaged in that battle— was in at the be- '
No. 30 Rose St., New Yc
ginning, aud came out at the end— and, if Hugh Warren.