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A Virginia Scout   By: (1875-1940)

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A Virginia Scout by Hugh Pendexter is a captivating historical fiction novel set during the American Civil War. The author masterfully weaves together a tale of bravery, loyalty, and sacrifice, leaving readers both entertained and enlightened.

The story revolves around the protagonist, Jack Allen, a young and fearless Virginian scout who finds himself torn between his loyalty to his beloved South and his growing disillusionment with the Confederacy. As he ventures into the dangerous and unpredictable war-torn territories, Jack must navigate through countless challenges and make difficult decisions that will ultimately define his allegiance and honor.

Pendexter's writing style is both rich and evocative, painting vivid pictures of the era's rural landscapes, battlefields, and the harsh realities of war. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as he effortlessly transports readers back to the 1860s, providing a realistic and immersive experience.

One of the highlights of the book is the depth and authenticity of the characters. Each individual, from the courageous Jack Allen to the cunning Southern generals and passionate Union soldiers, is expertly developed, making the reader feel deeply connected to their struggles and triumphs. Moreover, Pendexter masterfully incorporates historical figures into the narrative, further enhancing the authenticity of the story.

The pacing of the novel is well-executed, with a perfect balance between fast-paced action sequences and meaningful introspection. The vivid descriptions of battles and skirmishes keep readers on the edge of their seats, while the quiet moments of reflection and inner turmoil provide necessary respite, allowing for a deeper exploration of the characters' thoughts and motivations.

While A Virginia Scout primarily focuses on the perspective of the Confederate cause, the author does an admirable job of presenting a balanced view of the war. Through the conflicts and encounters Jack faces, Pendexter subtly questions the morality of the Confederacy, ultimately leading his protagonist on a profound journey of soul-searching and moral awakening.

The only slight drawback of the novel is that some readers may find the level of violence and brutality depicted in certain scenes to be quite intense. Nevertheless, the portrayal of war provides a stark and realistic depiction of the horrors faced by soldiers during that tumultuous time in history.

In conclusion, A Virginia Scout by Hugh Pendexter is an exceptional work of historical fiction that transports readers to the heart of the American Civil War. With its compelling storyline, well-developed characters, and masterful writing, this book is a must-read for history enthusiasts and fiction lovers alike. Pendexter's ability to capture the complex dynamics of loyalty, honor, and sacrifice makes this novel a true gem in the genre.

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[Illustration: "You were never meant for the frontier."]



Author of Kings of the Missouri, Etc.

Frontispiece by D. C. Hutchison


Copyright 1920 The Ridgway Company

Copyright 1922 The Bobbs Merrill Company

Printed in the United States of America


To Faunce Pendexter

My Son and Best of Seven Year Old Scouts This Story Is Lovingly Dedicated


CHAPTER PAGE I. Three Travelers 1 II Indian Haters 23 III Over the Mountains 55 IV I Report to My Superiors 81 V Love Comes a Cropper 106 VI The Pack Horse Man's Medicine 133 VII Lost Sister 167 VIII In Abb's Valley 193 IX Dale Escapes 229 X Our Medicine Grows Stronger 265 XI Back to the Blue Wall 289 XII The Shadows Vanish 311 XIII Peace Comes to the Clearing 352

A Virginia Scout



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