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A Captain in the Ranks

George Cary Eggleston

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Good-night."

This was an excellent beginning, Duncan thought. Three dollars was more money than he had carried in his pocket at any time since he had bought his suit of clothes at Wheeling. Better still, the promptitude with which employment had thus come to him was encouraging, although the employment was but for a night. And when he reflected that he had won favor by doing what seemed to him an act of ordinary duty, he was disposed to regard the circumstance as another lesson in the new service of work.

The night passed without event of consequence. There were two or three little fires born of the holiday celebration, but Guilford Duncan managed to suppress them without difficulty. Later in the night the swarm of cotton thieves—mainly boys and girls—invaded the levee, with bags conveniently slung over their shoulders. As there were practically no policemen in the town, and as his beat was a large one,[Pg 47] young Duncan for a time had. . . Read More

Community Reviews

In the introduction, this purports to be "real people" and "true events" that are "thinly veiled". Well, the beginning about anarchic and ad hoc demobilization of the Confederate army is engrossing and believable. However, the remaining 80% is a romance in a fanciful black-and-white world made fo...more