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Frank Before Vicksburg

Harry Castlemon

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Page_40" id="Page_40">[Pg 40] his health, as he wished to rejoin his command. While he was free, and enjoying the delights of home, his brother was languishing in a Southern dungeon—held as a hostage for a notorious guerrilla, who had been sentenced to death—not knowing at what moment he might be led forth to execution. Often, during the time that he and Frank had been together, living over the scenes of their school-days, had Harry's thoughts wandered to that brother, and it had done much to mar the pleasure he would otherwise have enjoyed. He imagined he could see him, seated in his loathsome cell, loaded with chains, pale and weak, (in consequence of the systematic plan of starvation adopted by the brutal authorities at Richmond to render our brave fellows unfit for further service, if they should chance to live until they were exchanged,) but firm in the belief that he had done his duty, and ready at any moment—for George was far from being . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I picked this up in an antique mall in Little Falls, NY, intrigued by the cover. Since I teach the writing of popular fiction novels, it's interesting to me to read (from time to time) the popular fiction of centuries gone by. In this case the book was originally written in 1864, but stayed in pr...more