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Frank on the Lower Mississippi   By: (1842-1915)

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FRANK ON THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI.

BY

HARRY CASTLEMON

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. THE NEW PAYMASTER

CHAPTER II. A NIGHT EXPEDITION

CHAPTER III. ARCHIE IN A PREDICAMENT

CHAPTER IV. A MARK FOR THE UNION

CHAPTER V. A RUN FOR LIFE

CHAPTER VI. FRANK TURNS DETECTIVE

CHAPTER VII. FRANK'S FIRST COMMAND

CHAPTER VIII. AN UNLUCKY FLIGHT

CHAPTER IX. UP THE WASHITA

CHAPTER X. THE PROMOTION

CHAPTER XI. THE RIVAL SPIES

CHAPTER XII. A SCOUTING PARTY

CHAPTER XIII. TOM THE COXSWAIN

CHAPTER XIV. A REBEL TRICK

CHAPTER XV. HONORABLY DISCHARGED

FRANK ON THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI.

CHAPTER I.

The New Paymaster.

Vicksburg had fallen, and the army had marched in and taken possession of the city. How Frank longed to accompany it, that he might see the inside of the rebel stronghold, which had so long withstood the advance of our fleet and army! He stood leaning against one of the monster guns, which, at his bidding, had spoken so often and so effectively in favor of the Union, and for two hours watched the long lines of war worn soldiers as they moved into the works. At length a tremendous cheer arose from the city, and Frank discovered a party of soldiers on the cupola of the court house, from which, a few moments afterward, floated the Stars and Stripes. Then came faintly to his ears the words of a familiar song, which were caught up by the soldiers in the city, then by those who were still marching in, and "We'll rally round the flag, boys," was sung by an immense choir. The rebels in the streets gazed wonderingly at the men on the spire, and listened to the song, and the triumphant shouts of the conquering army, which proclaimed the beginning of the downfall of their confederacy.

To Frank, it was one of the proudest moments of his life a sight he would not have missed to be able to float at the mast head of his vessel the broad pennant of the admiral. All he had endured was forgotten; and when the Old Flag was unfurled in the air which had but a short time before floated the "stars and bars," he pulled off his cap and shouted at the top of his lungs.

Having thus given vent to his feelings of exultation, in obedience to orders, he commenced the removal of his battery on board the Trenton. It was two days' work to accomplish this, but Frank, who was impatient to see the inside of the fortifications worked with a will, and finally the battery was mounted in its old position. On the following day, the Trenton moved down the river, and came to anchor in front of Vicksburg. Shore liberty was granted, and Frank, in company with several of his brother officers, strolled about the city. On every side the houses bore the marks of Union shot and shell, and the streets were blocked with fortifications, showing that had the city been taken by storm, it was the intention of the rebels to dispute every inch of the ground. Every thing bore evidence to the fact that the fight had been a most desperate one; that the rebels had surrendered only when they found that it was impossible to hold out longer.

In some places the streets ran through deep cuts in the bank, and in these banks were the famous "gopher holes." They were [ca]ves dug in the ground, into which a person, if he happened to hear a shell coming, might run for safety. Outside the city, the fortifications were most extensive; rifle pits ran in every direction, flanked by strong forts, whose battered walls attested the fury of the iron hail that had been poured upon them. It was night before Frank was aware of it, so interested was he in every thing about him, and he returned on board his vessel, weary with his long walk, but amply repaid by seeing the inside of what its rebel occupants had called "the Gibraltar of America."

During the next two days, several vessels of the squadron passed the city, on their way to new fields of action further down the river... Continue reading book >>




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