Grandmother Stories from the Land of Used-to-be

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A. B. Caldwell, 1913 - Georgia - 254 pages
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Written as told by a "Grandmother" and couched in terms of interest to young people, these anecdotes span the period of time from the U.S. Revolution to Civil War days and after and include tales of many well-known people of Georgia, South Carolina and other southern states. The author has put into story form "some illustrative events and true traditions of the historic South"--Introduction.

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Page 186 - Who climbed the blue Virginia hills Against embattled foes, And planted there, in valleys fair, The lily and the rose ; Whose fragrance lives in many lands, Whose beauty stars the earth, And lights the hearths of happy homes With loveliness and worth.
Page 105 - Tuesday, 23d, descended to the Mississippi, and round to St. Louis, where we arrived at twelve o'clock, and having fired a salute, went on shore and received the heartiest and most hospitable welcome from the whole village.
Page 241 - Yet shall Memory mourn that day, When, with expectation pale, Of her soldier far away The poor widow hears the tale. In imagination wild, She shall wander o'er this plain, Rave, — and bid her orphan child Seek his sire among the slain.
Page 147 - I am a man of few words : Maury furnished the brains, England gave the money, and I did the work."| And yet these important services were not only unrequited, but are to this day to a large extent unknown.
Page 240 - My little squadron of wooden boats now moved off up the river, by the glare of the burning iron-clads. They had not proceeded far, before an explosion, like the shock of an earthquake, took place, and the air was filled with missiles.
Page 190 - I have destroyed over two thousand barns filled with wheat, hay, and farming implements, and over seventy mills filled with flour and wheat, have driven in front of...
Page 186 - The days are never quite so long As in Virginia ; Nor quite so filled with happy song As in Virginia ; And when my time has come to die, Just take me back and let me lie, Close where the James goes rolling by, Down in Virginia.
Page 240 - The spectacle was grand beyond description. Her shell-rooms had been full of loaded shells. The explosion of the magazine threw all these shells, with their fuses lighted, into the air. The fuses were of different lengths, and as the shells exploded by twos and threes, and by the dozen, the pyrotechnic effect was very fine.
Page 11 - It is the distinguishing happiness of the present generation to live in an age of improvement and enjoy the means of ameliorating the condition of all classes of society. In a review of the progress of literature throughout the country in which we live, we are furnished with the fact that in no part of this vast Confederation has the education of females been the object of public munificence.
Page 88 - It is beyond the reach of controversy, therefore, that when the Federal Convention met in 1787 for the purpose of framing a Constitution for the United States, the idea of controlling the legislature through the judiciary was familiar to its leading members. It had been asserted in New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Rhode Island and North Carolina. The members of the convention who had, either as counsel or...

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