Grandmother's Story of Bunker Hill Battle; And Other Verse and Prose
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1891. Excerpt: ... MY HUNT AFTER "THE CAPTAIN. In the dead of the night which closed upon the bloody field of Antietam,1 my household was startled from its slumbers by the loud summons of a telegraphic messenger. The air had been heavy all day with rumors of battle, and thousands and tens of thousands had walked the streets with throbbing hearts, in dread anticipation of the tidings any hour might bring. We rose hastily, and presently the messenger was admitted. I took the envelope from his hand, opened it, and read: -- Hagerstown 17th To H Capt H wounded shot through the neck thought not mortal at Keedysville William G Leduc Through the neck, -- no bullet left in wound. Windpipe, food-pipe, carotid, jugular, half a dozen smaller, but still formidable vessels, a great braid of nerves, each as big as a lamp-wick, spinal cord, -- ought to kill at once, if at all. Thought not mortal, or not thought mortal, -- which was it? The first; that is better than the second would be, -- " Keedysville, a post-office, Washington Co., Maryland." Leduc? Leduc? Don't remember that name. -- The boy is wait 1 The battle of Antietam was fought September 17, 1862. ing for his money. A dollar and thirteen cents. Has nobody got thirteen cents? Don't keep that boy waiting, -- how do we know what messages he has got to carry? The boy had another message to carry. It was to the father of Lieutenant-Colonel Wilder Dwight, informing him that his son was grievously wounded in the same battle, and was lying at Boonsborough, a town a few miles this side of Keedysville. This I learned the next morning from the civil and attentive officials at the Central Telegraph Office. Calling upon this gentleman, I found that he meant to leave in the quarter-past-two-o'clock train, taking with him Dr. George H. Gay, an accomplished and energetic ...
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