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With Lee in Virginia A Story of the American Civil War   By: (1832-1902)

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WITH LEE IN VIRGINIA

A STORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

BY

G. A. HENTY

AUTHOR OF "WITH CLIVE IN INDIA," "WITH WOLFE IN CANADA," "BY ENGLAND'S AID," "IN THE REIGN OF TERROR," "THE DRAGON AND THE RAVEN"

NEW YORK HURST AND COMPANY PUBLISHERS

PREFACE.

My Dear Lads:

The Great War between the Northern and Southern States of America possesses a peculiar interest to us, not only because it was a struggle between two sections of a people akin to us in race and language, but because of the heroic courage with which the weaker party, with ill fed, ill clad, ill equipped regiments, for four years sustained the contest with an adversary not only possessed of immense numerical superiority, but having the command of the sea, and being able to draw its arms and munitions of war from all the manufactories of Europe. Authorities still differ as to the rights of the case. The Confederates firmly believed that the States, having voluntarily united, retained the right of withdrawing from the Union when they considered it for their advantage to do so. The Northerners took the opposite point of view, and an appeal to arms became inevitable. During the first two years of the war the struggle was conducted without inflicting unnecessary hardship upon the general population. But later on the character of the war changed, and the Federal armies carried widespread destruction wherever they marched. Upon the other hand, the moment the struggle was over the conduct of the conquerors was marked by a clemency and generosity altogether unexampled in history, a complete amnesty being granted, and none, whether soldiers or civilians, being made to suffer for their share in the rebellion. The credit of this magnanimous conduct was to a great extent due to Generals Grant and Sherman, the former of whom took upon himself the responsibility of granting terms which, although they were finally ratified by his government, were at the time received with anger and indignation in the North. It was impossible, in the course of a single volume, to give even a sketch of the numerous and complicated operations of the war, and I have therefore confined myself to the central point of the great struggle the attempts of the Northern armies to force their way to Richmond, the capital of Virginia and the heart of the Confederacy. Even in recounting the leading events in these campaigns, I have burdened my story with as few details as possible, it being my object now, as always, to amuse, as well as to give instruction in the facts of history.

Yours sincerely,

G. A. Henty.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. A Virginia Plantation,

II. Buying a Slave,

III. Aiding a Runaway,

IV. Safely Back,

V. Secession,

VI. Bull Run,

VII. The "Merrimac" and the "Monitor,"

VIII. McClellan's Advance,

IX. A Prisoner,

X. The Escape,

XI. Fugitives,

XII. The Bushwhackers,

XIII. Laid Up,

XIV. Across the Border,

XV. Fredericksburg,

XVI. The Search for Dinah,

XVII. Chancellorsville,

XVIII. A Perilous Undertaking,

XIX. Free!

XX. The End of the Struggle,

WITH LEE IN VIRGINIA.

CHAPTER I.

A VIRGINIA PLANTATION.

"I won't have it, Pearson; so it's no use your talking. If I had my way you shouldn't touch any of the field hands. And when I get my way that won't be so very long I will take very good care you shan't. But you shan't hit Dan."

"He is not one of the regular house hands," was the reply; "and I shall appeal to Mrs. Wingfield as to whether I am to be interfered with in the discharge of my duties."

"You may appeal to my mother if you like, but I don't think that you will get much by it. You are too fond of that whip, Pearson. It never was heard on the estate during my father's time, and it shan't be again when it comes to be mine, I can tell you... Continue reading book >>




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