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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 226

I watched the Yankee patrol ride into Mt. Briar. Devlin, the Yankee Captain posted two troopers and then rode north out of town. I turned to Al, “What town does the road out of Mt. Briar heading north go to?” … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 225

We had halted in the confines of a tree line just past a gap in the steep hills that Al had described earlier. We sat our horses and looked out over a small plain. The sun was setting to our … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 224

Tom and I followed Al at an easy lope for about 200 yards, and then we turned north on what I understood was the Mills Road. It had been about 2:00PM when we left camp. It was about 3:00PM, which … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 223

Tom and I nudged our steeds to follow Al. I had to grab the front part of the saddle because Stonewall’s initial surge nearly emptied me from the saddle. He had definitely gotten his strength back. Al directed us south … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 222

As we cleared the Confederate Camp and headed south along the C&O Canal, I asked, “Do either of you know what we are supposed to do?” Sergeant Canes and Private Madigan exchanged glances, and finally Sarge Canes answered, “Naw sah. … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 221

“Do you know who the traitor is?” asked Major Mosby. “Not really, but I have a suspicion as to who it is,” I conceded. “Well, who do you believe it is?” probed the Major. “Major, I don’t want to impinge … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 220

It was about noon before we left. The Corporal and I crossed the Potomac just a little ways south of Hattie’s Place and proceeded on the C&O pathway toward Mosby’s Camp. I don’t believe I have ever been happier to … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 219

I must have turned ashen because Hattie said, “Jim, ya have the look of death on yo face. What’s wrong?” I turned to her and said in a barely audible voice, “I just been conscripted.” She gasped, “What? How can … Continue reading

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CIVIL WAR TRANSCENDENCE, Part 213

I sort of gaped at the Lieutenant. I have to admit that the Lieutenant was rather handsome, and he had me beat in the looks department hands down. I finally gather myself and tried to display 19th Century manners. I … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, Part 51

A NOVEL OF TRAVEL BACK IN TIME I sat out on the porch until the sun went down. Then I, painfully – due to Beau’s horrible ride – got up and tottered into the boarding house. Most of the men … Continue reading

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