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Si Klegg, Book 1 His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran   By: (1846-1929)

Si Klegg, Book 1 His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran by John McElroy

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SI KLEGG

HIS TRANSFORMATION FROM A RAW RECRUIT TO A VETERAN.

By John McElroy.

Book One

[Illustration: Title page ]

[Illustration: Frontispiece ]

PUBLISHED BY

THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE CO.,

WASHINGTON, D. C

SECOND EDITION

COPYRIGHT 1910

Contents:

CHAPTER I. GOING TO WAR—SI KLEGG'S COMPLETE EQUIPMENT CHAPTER II. THE DEADLY BAYONET CHAPTER III. THE OLD CANTEEN CHAPTER IV. THE AWFUL HARDTACK CHAPTER V. FAT PORK—INDISPENSABLE BODY TIMBER FOR PATRIOTISM CHAPTER VI. DETAILED AS COOK—SI FINDS RICE ANOTHER INNOCENT CHAPTER VII. IN THE AWKWARD SQUAD CHAPTER VIII. ON COMPANY DRILL CHAPTER IX. SI GETS A LETTER CHAPTER X. SI AND THE DOCTORS CHAPTER XI. THE PLAGUE OF THE SOLDIER CHAPTER XII. A WET NIGHT CHAPTER XIII. SI "STRAGGLED" CHAPTER XIV. SI AND THE MULES CHAPTER XV. UNDER FIRE—SI HAS A FIGHT, CAPTURES A PRISONER CHAPTER XVI. ONE OF THE "NON COMMISH" CHAPTER XVII. FORAGING ON THE WAY CHAPTER XVIII. A SUNDAY OFF CHAPTER XIX. A CLOSE CALL CHAPTER XX. "THE SWEET SABBATH" CHAPTER XXI. SI AND SHORTY WERE RAPIDLY LEARNING CHAPTER XXII. A NIGHT OF SONG

PREFACE.

"Si Klegg, of the 200th Ind., and Shorty, his Partner," were born more than 25 years ago in the brain of John McElroy, editor of The National Tribune, who invented the names and characters, outlined the general plan, and wrote a number of the chapters. Subsequently, the editor, having many other important things pressing upon his attention, called in an assistant to help on the work, and this assistant, under the direction and guidance of the editor, wrote some of these chapters. Subsequently, without the editor's knowledge or consent, the assistant adopted all the material as his own, and expanded it into a book which had a limited sale and then passed into the usual oblivion of shortlived subscription books.

The sketches in this first number are the original ones published in The National Tribune in 1885 6, revised and enlarged somewhat by the editor.

Those in the second and all following numbers appeared in The National Tribune when the editor, John McElroy, resumed the story in 1897, 12 years after the first publication, and continued it for the unprecedented period of seven years, with constantly growing interest and popularity. They gave "Si Klegg" a nation wide and enduring celebrity. Gen. Lew Wallace, the foremost literary man of his day, pronounced "Si Klegg" the "great idyll of the war."

How true they are to nature every veteran can abundantly testify from his own service. Really, only the name of the regiment was invented. There is no doubt that there were several men of the name of Josiah Klegg in the Union Army, and who did valiant service for the Government. They had experiences akin to, if not identical with, those narrated here, and substantially every man who faithfully and bravely carried a musket in defense of the best Government on earth had sometimes, if not often, experiences of with those of Si Klegg, Shorty and the boys are strong reminders.

Many of the illustrations in this first number are by the late Geo. Y. Coffin, deceased, a talented artist, whose work embellished The National Tribune for many years. He was the artist of The National Tribune until his lamented and premature death, and all his military work was done by daily consultation, instruction and direction of the editor of The National Tribune.

THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.

THIS BOOK IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

TO THE RANK AND FILE

OF THE GRANDEST ARMY EVER MUSTERED FOR WAR.

SI KLEGG

CHAPTER I. GOING TO WAR SI KLEGG'S COMPLETE EQUIPMENT

AND WHAT BECAME OF IT.

AFTER Si Klegg had finally yielded to his cumulative patriotic impulses and enlisted in the 200th Ind. for three years or until the rebellion was put down, with greater earnestness and solemnity to equip himself for his new career... Continue reading book >>




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