The Star of Gettysburg By Joseph Altsheler Pdf
Download The Star of Gettysburg By Joseph Altsheler Pdf book free online – from The Star of Gettysburg By Joseph Altsheler Pdf book; “The Star of Gettysburg” is a complete romance, but it is also one of the series dealing with the Civil War, beginning with “The Guns of Bull Run,” and continued successively through “The Guns of Shiloh,” “The Scouts of Stonewall,” and “The Sword of Antietam” to the present volume. The story centers about the young Southern hero, Harry Kenton, and his friends.
“At any rate,” said Happy Tom, “it gave us a chance to show how less than fifty thousand men could stand off nearly ninety thousand. Besides, we didn’t lose any ground. We went over into Maryland to give the Marylanders a chance to rise for the South. They didn’t rise worth a cent. I suppose we didn’t get more than five hundred volunteers in that state. ‘The despot’s heel is on thy shore, Maryland, my Maryland,’ and it can stay on thy shore, Maryland, my Maryland, if that’s the way you treat us. I feel a lot more at home here in Virginia.”
“It is fine,” said Harry, stirring comfortably on the leaves and looking down at the clear stream of the Opequon. “One can’t fight all the time. I feel as if I had been in a thousand battles, and two or three months of the year are left. It’s fine to lie here by the water, and breathe pure air instead of dust.”
“I’ve heard that every man eats a peck of dirt in the course of his life,” said Happy Tom, “but I know that I’ve already beat the measure a dozen times over. Why, I took in a bushel at least at the Second Manassas, but I still live, and here I am, surveying this peaceful domestic scene. Arthur is mending his best uniform, Harry stretched on the leaves is resting and dreaming dreams, George is wondering how he will get a new pair of shoes for the season, and the army is doing its autumn washing.”
Harry glanced up and down the stream, and he smiled at the homely sight. Thousands of soldiers were washing their ragged clothes in the little river and the equally ragged clothes of many others were drying on the banks or on the bushes. The sun-browned lads who skylarked along the shores or in the water, playing pranks on one another, bore little resemblance to those who had charged so fiercely and so often into the mouths of the cannon at Antietam.