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Si Klegg, Book 2 Thru The Stone River Campaign And In Winter Quarters At Murfreesboro   By: (1846-1929)

Si Klegg, Book 2 Thru The Stone River Campaign And In Winter Quarters At Murfreesboro by John McElroy

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SI KLEGG

THRU THE STONE RIVER CAMPAIGN AND IN WINTER QUARTERS AT MURFREESBORO.

By John Mcelroy

Book Two

PUBLISHED BY

THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE CO.,

WASHINGTON, D. C.

SECOND EDITION

COPYRIGHT 1910

Contents:

PREFACE

SI KLEGG CHAPTER I. THROUGH MUD AND MIRE CHAPTER II. SECOND DAY'S MARCH CHAPTER III. STILL ON THE MARCH CHAPTER IV. THE SUNSHINE OF LIFE CHAPTER V. LINING UP FOR BATTLE CHAPTER VI. BATTLE OF STONE RIVER CHAPTER VII. AFTER THE FIRST DAY CHAPTER VIII. A GLOOMY NEW YEAR'S DAY CHAPTER IX. VICTORY AT LAST CHAPTER X. THE VICTORIOUS ARMY CHAPTER XI. WINTER QUARTERS CHAPTER XII. ADDING TO THEIR COMFORT CHAPTER XIII. "HOOSIER'S REST" CHAPTER XIV. DEACON KLEGG'S SURPRISE CHAPTER XV. DEACON KLEGG'S ARRIVAL IS MISTAKEN CHAPTER XVI. IN A NEW WORLD CHAPTER XVII. THE DEACON'S INITIATION CHAPTER XVIII. THE DEACON IS SHOCKED CHAPTER XIX. THE DEACON IS TROUBLED CHAPTER XX. THE DEACON BUTTS IN CHAPTER XXI. THE PERPLEXED DEACON CHAPTER XXII. TRYING TO EDUCATE ABRAHAM LINCOLN

PREFACE

"Si Klegg, of the 200th Ind., and Shorty, his Partner," were born years ago in the brain of John McElroy, Editor of THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.

These sketches are the original ones published in THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE, revised and enlarged some what by the author. 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 some times, if not often, experiences of which those of Si Klegg are a strong reminder.

THE PUBLISHERS.

THIS BOOK IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED

TO THE RANK AND FILE

OF THE GRANDEST ARMY EVER MUSTERED FOR WAR.

SI KLEOG

CHAPTER I. THROUGH MUD AND MIRE

DUTY'S PATH LEADS THE 200TH IND. SOUTHWARD FROM NASHVILLE.

"SHORTY" said Si Klegg, the morning after Christmas, 1862, as the 200th Ind. sullenly plunged along through the mud and rain, over the roads leading southward from Nashville, "they say that this is to be a sure enough battle and end the war."

"Your granny's night cap they do," answered Shorty crossly, as he turned his cap around back ward to stop the icy current from chasing down his backbone. "How many thousand times 's that bin stuffed into your ears? This is the forty thousandth mile we've marched to find that battle that was goin' to end the war. And I'll bet we'll march 40,000 more. This war ain't goin' to end till we've scuffed the top off all the roads in Kentucky and Tennessee, and wore out God's patience and all the sole leather in the North. I believe it's the shoe makers that's runnin' this war in the interest o' their business."

The cold, soaking rain had reduced the most of the 200th Ind. to a mood when they would have {16}disputed the Ten Commandments and quarreled with their mothers.

"There's no use bein' crosser'n a saw buck, if you are wet, Shorty," said Si, walking to the side of the road and scraping off his generous sized brogans several pounds of stiff, red mud. "They say this new General with a Dutch name is a fighter from Wayback, an' he always licks the rebels right out of their boots. I'm sure, I hope it's so. I like huntin' ez well ez anybody, an' I'll walk ez fur ez the next man to find something to shoot. But I think walkin' over two States, backward and forward, is altogether too much huntin' for so little shootin'. Don't you?"

"Don't worry," snapped Shorty. "You'll git all the shootin' you want before your three years are up. It'll keep."

"But why keep it so long?" persisted Si. "If it can be done up in three months, an' we kin git back home, why dribble it out over three years? That ain't the way we do work back home on the Wabash... Continue reading book >>




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