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Abraham
By FRANCIS F BROWNE
ICOPVIilGIIT 1SS8 II V F F BIIOWXC
The Spring of 1S2 brought a new turn
in Lincolns career Mr Orfutts trading
enterpr ses ended disastrously The store
was shut in the mill was Closed and Lin
coln was out of business The year had
lieeii one of gicat advances in many re
spects He lnd rpnde now aid valuable
acquaintances road many books mastered
Lincoln
Mr Lincoln told a good story of his
first experience in drilling raw troops during
the Black Hawk war Jle was crossing a
field with a front of 0 men when he came
to a gate through which it was necessary
to pass In describing the incident lie
said I could not for the life of mc remem
ber the proper word of command for getting
ray company endwise so that it could pass
through the gate so as we came near the
gate I shouted Halt This company is
dismissed for two minutes when it will
Untying Tnn Sock Hn put the Contexts ox the Table
the grammar of his own tongue won mul
titudes of friends and become ready for a
step still further in advance Those who
could appreciate brains respected him and
those whose highest ideas of a man related I
to Ills muscles were devoted to him Fa ery
one trusted him He was judge arbitrator
referee umpire authority in all disputes
games and matches of man flesh and
horseflesh a pacificator in all quarrels
everybodys friend the best natured the
most sensible the best informed the most
modest and unassuming the kindest
gentlest roughest strongest best young
fellow in all New Salem and the region
round about
THE BLACK HAWK WAR
At the moment -when Lincoln found
himself adrift once more Illinois was filled
With excitement over the Black Hawk war
The center of alarm was in the Rock Hirer
Valley in the northern part of the State
which had formerly been the home of the
Sac tribe of Indians Discontented with
their life on the reservation west of the
Mississippi to which they Iiad leen re-
morel the Sacs with several other tribes
rcsolvel to recover their old hunting-
grounds The warlike chief Black Hawk
was the head of the revolt and his march
toward the Rock River was signalized by a
number of massacres Gov Reynolds
of Illinois issued a proclamation calling for
volunteers to aid the Regular troops in the
emergency Lincoln was one of the first
to answer the call the brave Ciary Glove
boys also coming promptly to the rescue
The volunteers gathered writes Mr
Arnold at Rushville in Schuyler County
at which place they were to be organized
and elected officers Lincoln was a candi
date for the place of Captain and in op
iwsitioa to him was one William Kirk
patrick The mode of election was novel
By agreement each candidate walked
off to cojic distance and took position by
himsel the men were then to form and
those who Aoted for Kirkpairick to range
on a line with their candidate When
the line -were formed Lincolns was three
timei w long as that of Kirkpatrick and so
Lincoln was declared elected Speaking
of tiiis affair when President ho said that
he was more gratified with this his first
success than with any gther election of his
life Neither Lincoln nor his company
was in any engagement during the cam
paign but there was plenty of hardships
and fatgue and some incidents occurred
to illustrate his courage and power over
men
SCENE IX THE BLACK HAWK WAR AS
PICTURED BY lilt LIXCOLX
Many years afterward in fact while
Lincoln was President he referred to those
early scenes in -a way that illustrates his
wonderful memory and his power of re
calling the minutest incidents of his past
life Meeting an old Illinois friend he
naturally fell to talking of Illinois and
related several stories of his early life in
that region Particularly lie remembered
his share in the Black Hawk war in which
he was a Captain Ho referred to his
part of the campaign lightly and said that
he saw but very little fighting But he
remembered coming on a camp of white
scouts one morning just as tho sun was
rising The Indians had surprised tho
camp and had killed and scalped every
man I remember just how those men
looked said Lincoln as we rode up the
little hill where their camp was The red
light of tho morning sun was streaming
upon them as they lay heads towards us
on the ground and every man had a round
red spot on the top of his head about as
big as a dollar where the redskins liad
taken his scalp It was frightful but it
was grotesque and the red sunlight seemed
to paint everything all over Lincoln
paused as if recalling the vivid picture
and added somewhat
irrelevantly I re
member that one man had buckskin
hes on
fall in again on the other side of the gate
The manuver was sucessfully executed
LIXCOLX IltOTECTIXG AX IXDIAX
During this campaign an incident oc
curred which well serves to show Lincolns
keem sense 61 justice his great common
sense and his resoluteness when aroused
One day there came to the camp an old
Indian footsore and hungry He was
provided with a letter of safe conduct from
Gen Cass but there was a feeling of great
irritation against the Indians and the men
objected strongly to receiving him They
pronounced him a spy aid his passport a
forgery and were rushing upon the de
fenseless Indian to kill him when the
tall figure of their Captain Lincoln sud
denly appeared between them and their
victim His men had never seen him so
aroused and they cowed liofore him Men
said he his must not be done He must
not bo killed by us His voice and manner
produced an effect on the mob they paused
listened and fell back then sullenly obeyed
him although there were Mill some mur
murs of disappointed rage At length one
man prolubly thinking he spoke for tiie
crowd cried out This is cowardly on
your part Lincoln Lincoln only ga7cd
with lofty contempt on the men who would
have murdered one unarmed Indian but
who quailed before his single hand If
any man thinks I am a coward said he
let him test it Lincoln was the reply
you are larger and heavier than any of
us That j on can guard gainst re
sponded the Captain Choose your weap
ons The insuljordi
nation ended- and the
word coward was
never associated with
Lincolns name again
He afterward said that
at this time hn felt that
hs life and character
were lioth ut stake and
would probably have
been lost had he not at
the supreme moment
forgotten the officer and
asserted the man His
men could hardly hao
W n called soldiers
they wuv merely arm
ed citizens wifh a uni
tary organization in
name only Had lie
ordered them under ar
rest he would liave cre
ated a serious mutiny
and to havo tried and
punished them would
have lieen impossible
William Cullen Bry
ant the distinguished
American poet made
a journey to Illinois
in 1832 to visit his
brothers one of whom
Mr John II Bryant is still living 18S0
at Princeton 111 While crossincr the
prairies the poet encountered a company
of raw Illinois volunteers who were going
lorward to take part in the Black Hawk
war They were led by a tall awkward
uncouth lad whoso appearance particu
larly attracted Mr Bryants attention
and whoso conversation delighted him by
its raciness and oricinalitv rrarnished
as it probably was by not a few rough
iroauer joxes lie learned many years
afterward from a person who had been
one of the troop that this Captain of theirs
was named Abraham Lincoln
LIXCOLX AUD STUART
It was while Lincoln was Captain that he
met for the first time Maj John T Stuart
afterwards his law partner a gentleman
who was destined to havo an important
influence upon his life Stuart was al
ready a lawyer by profession and com
manded one of the Sangamon County
companies Ho was soon afterwards elect
ed Major of a spy battalion formed from
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01-
somo of these companies He had the boat
opportunities to observe the merits of Capt
Lincoln and testifies that Lincoln was
exceedingly popular among the soldiers
in consequence of his excellent care of the
men in his command his never failing
good nature and his ability to tell more
stories and better ones ban any man in
the service Ho was popular also among
these hardy men on account of his great
physical strength For several years
after tho Black Hawk war Mr Lincoln
retained his military title and was usually
addressed as Capt Lincoln But this
in time was discontinued Stuarts title
of Major on tho contrary adhered to him
through life he was b t known as Maj
Stuart down to tbptfmo of his death
which occurred earVin the Winter of 1SSC
LINCOLN AS 3l PRIVATE SOLDIER
Tho timo for which Capt Lincolns
company enlisted soon ran by but the
trouble with the Indians not being ended
Gov Reynolds called for a second body
of volunteers Lincoln again responded
and was enrolled as a private in the in
dependent company commanded by Elijah
lies or Springfield A note of this oc
currence made in 18C8 by Capt lies
contains tho following statement The
term of Gov Reynoldss first call being
about to expire ho made a second call
and the first was disbanded I was elected
a Captain of one of the companies I had
as members of my company Gen James
D Henry John T Stuart and A Lincoln
and we were mustered into service on the
20th of May 1832 at the mouth of Fox
River now Ottawa by Lieut Robert An
derson Assistant Inspector General in the
United States Army We reported to Col
Zachary Taylor at Dixons Terry on
Rock River Mr Lincoln remained with
the company to the close of the war
A MEETING OF NOTABLE HEN
While Mr Lincoln was a member of
Capt lless company there met one day
in camp on Rock River near the site of
Dixon Lieut Col Zachary Taylor Lieut
Jefferson Davis Lieut Robert Anderson
and Private Abraham Lincoln Lincoln
and Anderson did not meet again till somo
time in 1831 after Maj Anderson had
evacuated Fort Sumter He then visited
Washington and called at the White
House to pay his respects to tho President
After having expressed his thanks to An
derson for his conduct in Soutli Carolina
Mr Lincoln said Major do you remem
ber over meeting mo liefore No Mr
President I have no recollection of ever
having had the pleasure lefore My
memory is better than yours said Mr
Lincoln Vou mustered mo into tho
service of the United States in 1832 at
Dixons Ferry in the Black Hawk war
WRESTLING HATCHES IX CAMP
Wrestling was an evcry dny amusement
hr Illinois in those days and was a favorite
diversion of the soldiers of the Black Hawk
war Lincoln had it is said only one
superior in the whole army His old friend
and -military comrade AV G Greene re
lates that one day while lying in camp
near Roeic Island the lioys got up a wrest
ling match and pitted Lincoln against
a famous athlete and wrestler by the name
of Dow Thompson from Union County
111 We Sangamon County boys believed
Mr Lincoln could throw any one and tho
Union County boys knew no ono could
throw Thompson so we staked all our slick
and well worn quarters and empty bottles
on the wrestle The first fall was clearly
in Thompsons favor the second fall was
rather in Thompsons favor but Lincolns
backers claimed that it was what in those
days was called a dog fall Thomp
sons backers claimed the stakes while
we demurred and it really looked for some
time as though there would lie at least a
hundred fights as tho result Mr Lin
coln after getting up and brushing the dust
ind flirt oft his jeans pants said Boys
give up your lets if he has not thrown mo
fairly he could Every let was at once
surrendered and peace and order were
restored in a minute During the rebel
lion in 1801 I had occasion to see Mr
Lincoln in his office at Washington and
after having recalled many of our early
Maj John T Stuart
recollections ho said Bill what ever
became of our old antagonist Thompson
that big curly headed fellow who throw
mo at Rock Island I replied I did not
know and wondered why he asked He
playfully remarked that if he knew where
he was living ho would give him a post
ofllcc by way of showing him that he
bore no ill will
LINCOLNS MILITARY RECORD
Mr Lincoln displayed the same courage
and fidelity in performing the duties of a
soldier that had marked his conduct in all
other relations of life Father Dixon the
guide who was attached to Capt lless
company of mounted rangers remarks that
in their marches when scouts wero sent
forward to examine thickets and ravines
where the enemy might bo lurking it often
became necessary for many of tho men
to dismount and attend to their riding gear
When Lincoln was detailed for such service
his saddle was always in order During
tho contest between Geh Lowis Cass and
Gen Zachary Taylor for the Presidency in
So rare for lum mhfl kx totat lit tattlfl isd for Sis otto and trrjfcas
WASHINGTON D C THURSDAY DECEMBER U 1899
the year 1SJ8 Mr Liucolnln the course of
a speech in Congress referred to his ser ices
in tho Black Hawk war with characteristic
humor Jly the way Mr Speaker sad
he did yon know 1 ama military hero
Yes sir in the days of the Black Hawk war
I fought bled and cams away SpeaTcing
of Gen Casss career reminds me of my
own I was not at Stillmaus defeat but I
was alwut as near it as Cass was to Hulls
surrender and like him I saw the place
very soon afterwards It is quite certain
I did not break my sword for I had none to
break but I bent my musket pretty badly
on one occasion If Cass broke his sword
tho idea is he broke it in desperation I
bent my musket by accident If Gen Cass
went in advance of me in picking whortle
berries I guess I surpassed him in charges
upon the wild onions If he saw any live
fighting Indians it was more than I did
but I had a good many bloody struggles
with the inosketoes and although I never
fainted from loss of blood I can truly say I
was often very hungry Mr Speaker if I
should ever conclude to doff whatever our
Democratic friends may suppose there is of
black cockade federalism about me and
thereuixm they shall take me up as their
candidate for the Presidency I protest they
shall not make fun of me as they have of
Gen Cass by attempting to write me into a
military hero
NOMINATED FOR THE LEGISLATURE
Lincolns popularity among his com
rades in the field was so great that at the
close of his military service which had
lasted three months he was nominated asa
candidate for the Stale Legislature His
first appearance on the stump in the course
of the canvass was at Pappsville about 11
miles westof Springfield upon the occasion
of a public sale Tho sale over speech
making was about to liegin when Mr
Lincoln obscnol strong symptoms of in
attention in his audience who had taken
that particular moment Jio engage in a
general fight Lincoln saw that one of his
friends was suffering more than ho liked
and stepping into the crowd he shouldered
them sternly away from his man until he
met a fellow who refused to fall back him
he seized by the nape of thojiieck and the
seat of his breeches and tossed him 10 or 12
feet easily After this episode
actcnstic of him as of the times he
mounted tho platform and delivered with
awkward modesty tho following speech
Gentlemen and fellow citizens I presume
you all know who I am I am humble
Abraham Lincoln I havo been solicited
by my friends to become a candidate for the
Legislature My politics aire short and
sweet like tho old womansdaice I am
in favor of a National bank J am in favor
of the internal improvement eystem and a
high protective tariff Theft are my senti
ments and political principles If elected I
shall 10 thankful if not it will be all the
same His friend Mri A Y Fllis who
was with him during a part of this cam
paign says Ho woro a mixed jeans coat
claw hammer style bliort Ik thesleeves anil
liolitail in fact it was so short in tho tail
he could not sit on it flax and tow linen
pantaloons and a straw hat I think ho
wore a rest but do not remember how it
looked He wore pot metal boots I ac
companied him on one of his electioneering
trips to Island Grpve and he made a speech
which pleased his party friends very well
indeed though some of the Jackson men
tried to make sport of it He told several
anecdotes in his speech and applied them
as I thought very well
The election took placo in August and
though Lincoln was defeated he received
277 votes of the 281 cast in his precincts
He was so little known outride of New
Salem that the chances of election were
hopelessly against him yet the extraordi
nary evidence of favor shown by the voto of
his fellow townsmen was a flattering suc
cess in the midst of defeat It is perhaps to
the history of this election that the follow ing
anecdote told by Mr Ellisbelongs I re
member once seeing Mr Lincoln out of
temper and laughing at the same time It
was at Xew Salem The boys wero having
a jollification after an election They had
a largo fire made of shavings and hemp
stalks and some of tho boys made a bet
witli a fellow that I shall call Ike that he
couldnt run his little boll tail pony through
the fire Ike took the liet and trotted his
pony back about 100 yards to give him a
good start as ho said Tho boys all
formed a line on either side to make way
for Iko and his pony Presently Iko came
full tilt with his hat off and just as he
reached the blazing fire Iko raised in his
saddle for the jump straight ahead but tho
pony was not of tho same mind so lie flew
the track and pitched poor Iko into tho
devouring element Mr Lincoln saw it
and ran to his assistance saying You
liavo carried tins thing far enough I
could see he was mad though he could not
help laughing himself Tho poor fellow
was considerably scorched about tho head
and face Jack Armstrong took hint to the
doctor who shaved his head to fix him up
and put salvo on tho burn I think Mr
Lincoln was a little mad at Armstrong and
Jack himself was very sorry for it Jack
gave Iko next morning a ram his break
fast and a sealskin cop and sent him
home
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LINCOLN AS A MERCHANT
Lincoln was once more -without occupa
tion and as Dr Holland declares seri
ously took into considerationtthe project of
learning the blacksmiths trade Ho was
without means and felt the immediate
necessity of undertaking some business
that would giro lum bread It was while
he was entertaining tins project that an
orent occurred which in his undetermined
state of mind seemed to open a way to
success in another quarter Tho par
ticulars of tho event referred to are given
by ono closely concerned therein Mr
W G Greene A man named Reuben
Radford says mx Greene was the
keeper of a small storo m tho village of New
Salem A friend told him to look out for
the Clary Grove boys or they would
smash him up Ho said lie was not afraid
He was a great big fellow -But his friend
said They dont como alone If ono cant
whip you two or threo can and theyll do
it Ono day he left his store in charge of
his brother with injunctions that if tho
Clary Grove boys carae not to let them
have more ihantwo diinks AH the stores
in those days keptliquor to sell and had a
corner for drinking Thestoro was nicely
fitted up and had many things in glass
jars nicely labeled The Clary Grovo
Coutliiued on aercAtb past
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By W H YOUISCE Late 58th N C
COrVItlGHT 1899 BV TnE ACTHOH
SYNOPSIS
The author was a boy of IS living in the
southwestern corner of Virginia and was
conscripted in tho Confederate army
In tho previous chapter he narrates the
circumstances attending an attempt to de
sert his regiment and escape to the Union
lines with a party of other conscripts
After several days wandering in the mount
ains ono of tho party was taken with a
fever and had to le abandoned his brother
remaining with him sheltered only in an
improvised bed of leaves and covered with
bark The chapter opens with the re
newal of the journey after the abandan
ment of the sick man and his brother in the
mountains
And I have never known what became
of these brothers whether they were capt
ured or died I have often wished I did
know for Lwill never forget that sad part
ing We had eaten nothing during the
day and after we ad left these two com
rades we began to look out for something
to eat but it seemed that fate wis against
us Wo found no house that we thought
would be safe Night came on we crossed
the valley east of us ascended tho mount
ain again and in the afterpart of the night
lay down on the ground and slept till day
light when we again resumed our journey
We were aware that Ashbys Confederate
cavalry was in camp in the valley east of
us From our position on tho mountain
wo could see their camp
Our purpose was to get around them
Of course their presence made us more
cautious We follow cd the summit of the
mountain until about noon when wc saw
a house at the head of a little valley on the
cast side of the mountain and after taking
in tho situation decided wo would ap
proach the house for something to eat
We followed a ridge that ran down nearly
to the house when the boys hid in tho
underbrush and Jones and I as usual
went on to the house We had not been
thorc five minutes when I discovered that
we wero not among friends Tiio old lady
and daughtqrs were busy cooking dinner
over an old fashioned fireplace and just
as we were shaping our conversation for
an excuse to start two Confederate cav
alrymen rede up They dismounted threw
the reins of their bridles over the gate posts
and came walking in tho house Ono of
the soldiers was the son of tho man who
lived there and the other a comrade of his
Thoy -belonged to Ashbys Cayalry that
was campeel down in the valley a few
miles below as I havo liefore stated and
the young man had brought his comrade
up to his home for dinner They were
armed with tho ordinary cavalry side
arms and while we did not intend that
they should arrest us had they attempted
to do so our policy was not to get into
trouble but by some sharp practico of
diplomacy or misrepresentation thrQw
them off their guard so they would not
suspect us
As I usually did tho talking I at once
engaged them in conversation Said I
We arc glad to como up again with our
command have lieen to our homes over in
Kentucky and just by accident learned
our command was down here in the valley
What command do you mean asked
one of them
Gen Marshalls said I We belong to
Marshalls Brigade
Well said he you are mistaken
Our command Ashbys Cavalry is down
here but I know Marshalls Brigade is not
and I do not know where it is
I expressed great surprise at the informa
tion he had given us By this time dinner
was ready and wo wero cordially invited
to eat dinner with them and by tho way
it was a very appetizing dinner especially
for ono who had not eaten anything for 3G
hours and wo very readily accepted the
invitation Wo continued our conversa
tion They asked me a great many ques
tions which I answered by guess pre
suming that they wero as ignorant of the
make up of Marshalls Brigade as I was
I knew it had some Kentucky regiments
in it and in answer to their questions 1
said wo belonged to tho 12th Ky Our
Colonels name was Campbell that wo wero
from Whito County had left our com
mand up in southwest Virginia had been
homo on furlough and were now returning
I watched them carefully to see whether
or not I could detect anything from their
countenances but tho story seemed to bo
answering our purpose and they wero ap
parently taking it all in
In duo timo dinner was over We arose
from tho table and walkeel out in tho yard
Ono of tho young men beckoned to his
comrade Thoy walked somo distanco
from us and engaged in a low conversa
tion after which ono of them mounted his
horse and rodo off down tho road This
aroused my suspicion thinking perhaps ho
had gone to report us and would return
with more soldiers and attempt to capture
us Tho other young man said if wo
desired ho would go with us and put us
on tho direct road leading to Hogersville
somo six or eight miles down the valley
I had been at Rogersville before and
that was one of tho last places I wanted
to go to just at that time I thanked him
for his seeming kindness but said if
our command was not down there it would
be a trip for nothing and I could see no
need of our going down there I suggested
to Jones that wo turn north and follow the
main road up into Virginia where wo left
our brigade and wo would certainly find
it some placo up there I stepped inside the
door and asked the old lady our bill to
which she replied
Not a cent riot a cent sir It shall
nover bo said of me when I am dead and
gone that I charged a poor soldier that
was fighting for his country for a meals
victuals
I thanked her for her kindness and
wo bade them good by and started up the
road Soon as wo passed out of sight of
tho house wo turned into tho woods and
joined our comrades A guilty conscience
needs no accuser and wo wero very doubt
ful as to whether or not our entertainers
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had accepted our story As the country
was full of soldiers we thought it best
to at once conceal ourselves
Wo ascended tho mountain as rapidly
as passible We came to a rugged cliff on
the side of the mountain covered with laurel
and shrubbery peculiar to that country so
dense a person could scarcely get through
it and in that thicket we sat down to wait
for night with the intention of then mak
ing our escape from that part of the coun
try But as evening approached how
ever tho clouds began to gather and just
as darkness began to envelop the mount
ain the rain commenced to fall in torrents
It grew darker and darker until not a
ray of light penetrated that dismal gloom
We started to make our way from this
hiding place but found it impossible to
make any headway on account of the
darkness besides we knew we were sur
rounded by yawning precipices over which
we wero liable to plunge
The only thing then left for us to do
was to remain there till morning
A NIGHT Or SUFFERING
I will never forget the agonies and suf
fering ef that night Wo sat on the cold
rocks huddled together trying to keep each
other warm It rained incessantly until
the afterpart of the night when the wind
liegan to blow and turn cold Wo had no
way of telling the time and could only
gue ss as to how the night was passing
Wo eagerly watched for the first streaks
of light over the summit of tho mount
ains in the east Jones and I weie more
fortunate than the balance of the men
We had had dinner the day before while the
others had had nothing to cat for nearly
two days and wo were all suffering terribly
with cold and hunger
At last tho morning dawned and just
as -soon as it was light enough to sec we
started After a short trre we got in the
open woods We ounscled as to tho best
thing to do and ve determined to stop at
the first house wc came to thnt wc woild
all go together and let tiitm Le friend or
foe wc woiJd get so naming to eat and
that every man woud die before we woulil
bo captured With this understanding
we began to look for a hoise Finally
we came to a placo i short d jtanue from the
main rord in a groe of forest trees We
all went together Wc told them we were
cold and hungry and asked them to allow
us to warm and dry ourselves and give us
something to eat They received us kindly
and invited ns in the house
We had been in the house but a few
moments when wo found they were good
Union people Wo then toVi them our
story that we were trying to make our
escape from the rebel army The good
woman at onco went to work and prepared
a splendid brcakfast for us while a good
sized boy stood guard some distanco from
the house in order to give an alarm should
anV soldiers approach After we had
eaten our breakfast and warmed and dried
ourselves we felt very much refreshed
Wo insisted on paying these gooil people
for their kindness but they refused to take
anything and when we wero ready to
start tho old man taking each ouo by
the hand asked God to bless and protect
us The boy went with us five or six
miles to pilot us by the safest paths and out
of tho way of the soldiers that were prowling
flirnnrrli dm
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This was on Friday and wq had been
out just two weeks Our purpose was to
get to tho Holston River that day and
crossit at night -It was a dark foggy
day and about noon wo thought wo wero
in tho vicinity of the river We went down
into a dark deep wocd between the hills
built a fire and sat by it all afternoon
waiting for night to come to cross tho
river
When night camo we started but found
wo were yet about four miles from theriver
and wo found further that it was impos
sible to cross it at night So wo had U
wait again for morning Tho recent
heavy rains had so swollen the river that
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it was just inside its banks a muddy
ugly turbulent stream and the only way
to cross was to find a canoe or flatboat
of which there were many along tho river
if we could be fortunate enough to find ono
anchored on our side As soon as it was
light enough to see we crossed the open
bottoms that lay along tho river and started
up the stream with the hope of finding a
canoe or something on which we could
cross We had traveled two or three miles
up the west bank when some distanco
further up we saw two or three men in a
canoe crossing over to the east bank Wo
hallowed at them and endeavored to attract
their attention but failed to make them
hear We watched them land on tho op
posite bank and enter a two story framo
residence that stocd near the river Wo
walked on as rapidly aa wo could and
about the time wo got to the landing tho
colored man who had gone over with tho
canoe returned
A VEIIY NARROW ESCArE
We asked him if he would take ns over
to which he replied that ho would All
the boys got in the canoe except Jones and
1 It would not carry us all and the old
negro would have to return for us
While we were waiting for him to return
three Confederate cavalrymen rode up
dismounted ai d hitched their horses
They safd they would go over with us
Wo all got aboard the old ilarky shoved
us from the shore and we started over
The soldiers said they belonged to Gen
Marshalls Brigade and that their Colonel
and Mr Lyons who lived on the bank ol
the river had just gone over before them
and that Lyons was an enrolling officer
Wc had found Marshalls Brigade when
we were not looking for it and tho next
thing for ua to do was to get away from it
Had we made ourselves heard or attracted
attention of that Colonel and Lyons thero
is nodoubt but we would havo lieen captured
or killed The soldiers who crossed with
Jones and I treated us quite unsuspectingly
asked if we were going home on furlough
to which wo answered in tho affirmative
When we landed we were not moro than
50 yards from the house which the sol
diers entered Fortunately no one in tha
house apparently saw us
Wo started east on tho main road run
ning perhaps a mile before it entered a
wood along the base of a mountain Wo
soon reached these woods when we at once
left the road and sought refuge in tho
mountains After traveling for some dis
tance until we felt perfectly safe we sat
down fo rest and recount the scenes and
dangers of the morning We fully realized
that we had run a great risk and had a
very narrow escape
This was on Saturday Feb 23 and it
began to rain in the afternoon We had
nothing to cat during- the day and wero
very hungry as well as tired but wo trav
eled on till about night when we came to a
log cabin beside the little road we wero
following-
Wo believed it would be safe to remain
there over night if the family who lived
there were Union people and we felt sure
they were We entered the house all
Three Confederate Cavalrymen Drove Up
gether told them we were wet and hungry
wanted something to eat and to remain
with them over night Tiiey very kindly
took us in prepared supper for us and tho
old gentleman built a fire out of logs in an
old fashioned fireplace We found them
as wo had expected good Union people
After we had eaten our supper the old man
assured us we were perfectly safe and they
spread a lot of quilts and comforts on tho
floor in front of the fire for us to lie on I
am sure I never slept sounder or rested better
in all my life than I did that night
Wo arose next morning quite early in
order to have breakfast prepared by day
light Our clothes had dried and we felt
very much refreshed After breakfast
tho old gentleman instructed us as to tho
best and safest route and wo again re
sumed our journey
01 o be continued
Two Reasons for Thankfulness
Deacon Black Dis aint no missnnil
queschun but if a man steals a chicking
am it proiMh fo him to say grace befo
ue ueacon Jotinson Shuahl
Aint lie got two reasons to tank do
Lw de chicLing an not cittin
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