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After riding soie iles across fields and pine arrens we had got
in a great belt of pine forest, and I grew very faint and sick, so
much so that we were compelled to halt so that I might lie down
and recover myself. I was in no talkative mood, and neither was
Dixon. Both seemed to wish to be alone. Our nerves were some
what shattered. Not that either of us had any great doubt as to
the success of our last undertaking; for each had thrown his life
too often in the balance to be now worried about a little thing like
that. The best of men, when under extreme excitement or great
stress of feeling, are apt to have their nerves relax and to g-row
faint. No man ever took the life aother but that he regretted so
doing, it matters not what the provocation or the circumstances
not so much the killing, but the necessity for it-even if a man
knows that which he does unto others. others would do unto him
eagerly and quickly. We gave and took the same chances.
I tried to sleep, but could not even doze. Dixon railed at me
about my weakness. iIe was a better man than I in every respect,
and he never knew despondency.
We drifted about for days, guided alone by the sun, for in all
those days we saw not a single man. The women could not give us
any information, and would not, if they could. We began to worry
at their insolent talk and everlasting abuse. We could not have
been any more censured had we alone been guilty of all-the rascal
itv in Sherman's army. Dixon, being a more patient man, took it
good naturedly, but I had grown tired of being forever accused of
and dogged at for doing that which others were guilty of, and I
often fired back at the women. I felt at times about the women
as Nero felt about the Romans-that if all the women had but one
neck I 'd like the wringing of it.
In the pine forest it seemed as if there were a thousand roads
and none led anywhere. After traveling and retracing our steps
nearly one whole day in those accursed, deceitful piney woods roads,
we came to a wood chopper's cabin, in which there were four
great stalwart girls. After a lot of chaff and good-natured badger
ing, we got them gentle enough to talk, but they knew nothing but
that Uncle Louis lived about five miles towards the clearing. Now,
it is trying enough to get directions from the best of women, but
these girls certainly were the limit. Some would tell us to turn to
our right at certain points, and the others would say, "No, you
don't-to the left." owing to the way they were standing while
talking. We were forced to make a virtue of necessity, and we
made two of the spinsters trudge along with us the five miles to
Uncle Louis'. And when we reached that worthy-a great pot
bellied. pudding-headed gawk--,he knew less .than the girls. Those
two girls jawed us unmercifully.
After leaving Uncle Louis' we traveled on and on. We ca-ne out
at last--struck a clearing on one side, alorg which ran a settle
ment road, there being a fence between us and the clearing. We
were in a good humor now, and we trotted along briskly .to reach
a habitation before nightfall. It was late in the evening th-en.
I neglected to state that we had not grown entirely uncivilized,
as we were~ still gallant .enough to dismount and lead our horses
while these belles of the pine forest showed us the way to their
much-Lonored kinsman. We were kind enough, -too, to offer them
our horses to ride, while we walked at their side. This they an
While we were going along the road of the clearing, not dream
ing there was a man nearer than Sherman's army, save possibly
U.ncle Louis, we were startled by the stern command, ''Halt!''
and found ourselves looking down the muzzles of a half dozen don
ble-barrelled shot guns on either side of the road. These were in
the hands of as many old citizens. With threatening looks and an
gry voices, they ordered us to dismount and surrender. Three
kept us covered with their guns, while the others took our arms
and hitched our horses.
We took the situation as a great joke at first, and laughed at our
untimely butting into the citizens' meeting, but the old gentlemen
were .highly wrought up. One of the men, a youngish looking old
man, seemed to be leader. As we gathered from their -talk, he liv
ed some ten or fifteen miles below, and had been burned out a few
days before, and his horses and cattle taken, and he now was in
an ugly humor. He .had nearly been caught himself, so he said,
and he vowed if such had been the case his neck would have been
broken. Oh! he was in a fearful mood, and he was right in for
hanging us on the spot. I saw we were up against anything but a
joke, and begged him to hear our story--that we could explain all;
that we were Confederates, and not Union soldiers; had been on a
secret mission, had accomplished it, and were now on our way to
join our command. This seemed to make him, if anything, more
angry than before.
I will always believe these old citizens would have shot us down
without warning, 'but none had the heart to be the first to pull
the trigger on two unsuspecting boys. If they hanged us. all
would be equ.ally culpable. I had sense enough to know that it
would not do to beg for our lives, for this would be a confession
of guilt. ,Our only hope was to reason with them, to seek to con
vince them by argument, and this I did with the earnestness of a
trained lawyer. I told them they were wrong in their suspicions,
that we could convince them we were South Carolinians, and if they
took our lives our blood would be forever on their hands. The
other old gentlemen seemed to be disposed to listen to us, but th'e
leader declared they were only losing time by parleying with us.
The old gentlemen asked us many questions about the State gov
ernent--who were our sheriffs, who were our representatives. etc.
l)ixon knew his county pretty well.but I could not answer one ques
tion. any more than if I had heen brought up in Asia. having been
away in the army for nearly five years, and caring nothing about
the eivil gov.ernmnent.
When all argumnent seemed unavaiing, :and no chance left us. I
hit upon another key. I said to the leader:
''If you are determined to have our blood. give us a chance for
oar lives. No Southern man worthy of the name will kill twc in
nocent boys in the discharge of their duty without giving them a
showing. Give us back our pistols, and we will fight you for our
"B G-. hoys, that talk rings like Southern talk: no
Yankee would make any such offer as that. Say young man. do
vo know anything about Jenkins' brigade?'' (They knew little
of Kershaw 's).
We knew the eastern army like an open book. I told him of Jen
kinis, wXhere and how he was killed at the Wilderness, when Gen.
Longstreet was wounded.
"By. haen they ar all right My son told me just those same
word . Theicy are Southerner.jut as jl er:ain az we are mel.
Then they shook our hands, and even the youngish man had the
manhood to shake and ask our pardon.
All that time, while I was pleading for our lives. l)ixon sat as
unconce-rned, with a half smile on his countenance. as if listening to
moot court. Afterwards. when I twitted him about his indiffer
enee and asked him why he did not speak up and help me out, he
replied. "Oh, I like to hear you argue with those old cits.'
Wzasn't that cool, for a man whose life was trimbling in the bal
The old zentleman who "first discoivered us insisted on our ac
companying him home, when it was dark enough to be safe, and we
gladly accepted the invitation.
We enjoyed the hospitality of the jolly old citizen very much.
But our hitherto (od forture seemed now ab )out to abandon us.
As Dixon said later. "the prayers of the little lady were no long
er heard.'' The old gentleman was very intelligent, and gifted
with a head full of common sense. He gave us each good and sen
sible advice, his talk coming to us as from one inspired.
That night the old gentleman caused us to (hange all our plans
about going to Hood's army. He advised us to swim the Pee Dee.
at a landing to which he promised to direct us. and which we could
cross in safety. provided our horses were all they should be: then.
with our Federal uniforms, to ride boldly t-hrough Sloum's corps.
at that time just beyond the river, make our way to the out-post,
and then dash for our lives even if we had to kill a picket or two.
If we continued our course to the north-west, he said. we would
be certain to encounter Gen. Wheeler's cavalry, which was greatly
demoralized and demoralizing the whole country. and if we were
caught by them we would be shot without parley or eeremony. The
country was bitter thn, he said, wren parties of old men and crip
pled Confederate soldiers were lying all over Sherman 's flanks,
waiting for just such outfits as we pretended to be. and should we
run afoul of them our luck might not be as good as with his party.
All this appeared to be sensible and good advice. The good wife
urged us to return to our homes and wait till times settled!
Dixon and I discussed it all between ourselves that night. and he
was strongly in favor of taking our chances right through the
Yankee army. I suppose he had wearied of my "arguments with
old citizens' meetings.'" We had no fears of passing through the
Federal army, but we knew it would be hazardous in passinz the
pickets outward. But we agreed upon a plan, and, had not adverse
circumstances intervened. there is no doubt there world have been
''something doing" in tre next day or two at some of Shernian's
outposts, or two boys would never have lived to tell this story.
That night we slept the sleep of the innocent. By morning I had
thrown off all despondent feelings and weariness of the life we
were leading, and was fresh and eager to take the trail again. The
good wife had prepared an excellent breakfast, and our horses
were fresh and stood saddled at the gate. The old gentleman was
to pilot us to the river afoot, his horses being hid out in the swamp
We were just preparing to sit down to breakfast when the old
gentlem-an rushed in with the startling message:
"The Yankees are on you! Run for your lives to the woods in
rear of the lot!''
We glanced towards the front gate, and there, sure enough, a
squadron of Federal .eavalry was coming in from out-post, or
scouting duty, we took it, as they were not encumbered with forage.
The old gentleman was as true as steel, and he went out in the
front yard, giving us time to escape to the thicket, saying he would.
try to save our horses. What yarn he told them we never knew,
nor did he sav~e our horses, for we could see the enemy, from our
places of concealment, leading them away. Nor did we ever know
how the old gentleman weathered the storm, as we did not go back.
Dixon was for tracking them and attempting to secure horses, as
we had secured those, but I knew they were returning from out
post and riding briskly, and we could never keep up with them on
(To be continued.)
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abandoned creed that in its age of
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of the Jionor of woman or of the good
name of his fellow men.
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Ex parte, Th-Wiin ahn
Cleora G. Speers, Leland Coppock
Speers, Lucy K. Speers and Hiramj sGo nuho
L. Speers, Ayoy
In re,IN ST AT IT
Estate of L. M. Speers, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that the
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