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Two Little Confederates   By: (1853-1922)

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TWO LITTLE CONFEDERATES

BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS BY THOMAS NELSON PAGE

Tommy Trot's Visit to Santa Claus

Santa Claus's Partner

A Captured Santa Claus

Among the Camps

Two Little Confederates

The Page Story Book

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

TWO LITTLE CONFEDERATES

by

THOMAS NELSON PAGE

Illustrated

[Illustration: "I'M IN COMMAND," SAID THE GENTLEMAN, SMILING AT HIM OVER THE TOWEL.]

New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1929

Copyright, 1888, by Charles Scribner's Sons

Copyright, 1916, by Thomas Nelson Page

Printed in the United States of America

TO MY MOTHER

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"I'm in command," said the gentleman, smiling at him over the towel Frontispiece

PAGE The old man walked up to the door, and standing on one side, flung it open 29

"Gentlemen, marsters, don't teck my horses, ef you please," said Uncle Balla 69

Frank and Willy capture a member of the conscript guard 95

The boy faced his captor, who held a strap in one hand 129

"Look! Look! They are running. They are beating our men!" exclaimed the boys 143

The boys sell their cakes to the Yankees 159

Some of the servants came back to their old home 167

TWO LITTLE CONFEDERATES.

CHAPTER I.

The "Two Little Confederates" lived at Oakland. It was not a handsome place, as modern ideas go, but down in Old Virginia, where the standard was different from the later one, it passed in old times as one of the best plantations in all that region. The boys thought it the greatest place in the world, of course excepting Richmond, where they had been one year to the fair, and had seen a man pull fire out of his mouth, and do other wonderful things. It was quite secluded. It lay, it is true, right between two of the county roads, the Court house Road being on one side, and on the other the great "Mountain Road," down which the large covered wagons with six horses and jingling bells used to go; but the lodge lay this side of the one, and "the big woods," where the boys shot squirrels, and hunted 'possums and coons, and which reached to the edge of "Holetown," stretched between the house and the other, so that the big gate post where the semi weekly mail was left by the mail rider each Tuesday and Friday afternoon was a long walk, even by the near cut through the woods. The railroad was ten miles away by the road. There was a nearer way, only about half the distance, by which the negroes used to walk and which during the war, after all the horses were gone, the boys, too, learned to travel; but before that, the road by Trinity Church and Honeyman's Bridge was the only route, and the other was simply a dim bridle path, and the "horseshoe ford" was known to the initiated alone.

The mansion itself was known on the plantation as "the great house," to distinguish it from all the other houses on the place, of which there were many. It had as many wings as the angels in the vision of Ezekiel.

These additions had been made, some in one generation, some in another, as the size of the family required; and finally, when there was no side of the original structure to which another wing could be joined, a separate building had been erected on the edge of the yard which was called "The Office," and was used as such, as well as for a lodging place by the young men of the family. The privilege of sleeping in the Office was highly esteemed, for, like the toga virilis , it marked the entrance upon manhood of the youths who were fortunate enough to enjoy it. There smoking was admissible, there the guns were kept in the corner, and there the dogs were allowed to sleep at the feet of their young masters, or in bed with them, if they preferred it... Continue reading book >>




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