Shelby and His Men: Or, The War in the West

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Miami Printing and Publishing Company, 1867 - Arkansas - 542 pages
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Page 56 - Ah, captain! here goes for a fine-drawn bead : There's music around when my barrel's in tune." Crack ! went the rifle, the messenger sped, And dead from his horse fell the ringing dragoon. " Now, rifleman, steal through the bushes and snatch From your victim some trinket to handsel first blood — A button, a loop or that luminous patch That gleams in the moon like a diamond stud.
Page 56 - Rifleman, shoot me a fancy shot Straight at the heart of yon prowling vidette; Ring me a ball in the glittering spot That shines on his breast like an amulet! " " Ah, captain ! here goes for a fine-drawn bead, There's music around when my barrel's in tune!
Page 201 - For fattened steer or household bread ; Ask we for flocks these shingles dry, And well the mountain might reply, — ' To you, as to your sires of yore, Belong the target and claymore ! I give you shelter in my breast, Your own good blades must win the rest.
Page 56 - An inch from the centre my lead broke its way, Scarce grazing the picture, so fair to behold, Of a beautiful lady in bridal array.
Page 436 - He studied his campaigns with care, and always had a clear conception of what he wanted to do, and how he proposed to do it.
Page 537 - They buried then that flag and plume in the river's rushing tide, Ere that gallant few Of the tried and true Had been scattered far and wide. And that group of Missouri's valiant throng, Who had fought for the weak against the strong— Who had charged and bled Where Shelby led, Were the last who held above the wave The glorious flag of the vanquished brave...
Page 335 - Put your trust in God, my boys, but keep your powder dry!
Page 439 - Haystacks, houses, barns, produce, crops, and farming implements were consumed before the march of his squadrons, and what the flames spared the bullet finished. On those vast plains out west there, the jarring saber -strokes were unheard and the revolvers sounded as the tapping of woodpeckers.
Page 506 - Stand by the ship, boys, as long as there is one plank upon another. All your hopes and fears are there. All that life holds nearest and dearest is there. Your bleeding mother-land, pure and stainless as an angel-guarded child, is there. The proud, imperial South, the nurse of your boyhood and the priestess of your faith is there, and calls upon you, her children, her best and bravest, in the pride and purity of your...
Page 506 - Steel!" Meet at your company quarters, look the matter fairly and squarely in the face. Think of all you have to lose and all you have to gain. Watch the fires of your devotion as you would your hopes of Heaven. Stand together, act together, keep your discipline and your integrity, and all will be well, as you strike for God and humanity. I am with you until the last, and oh!

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