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“ [161] it made no odds to me whar they jined, so long as they did jine, I 'greed ter du hit. We put out ten days, yisterday-twelve on 'em, ana me-ana struck plumb for Nashville. We lay close daytimes, 'case, though every hous'n ar Union, the kentry is swarmina with Buckner's men, ana we know'd they'd let slide on us jest so soon as they could draw a bead. We got 'long right smart till we fotched the Roaring river, nigh onter Livingston. We'd 'quired ana hedn't heerd uv ary rebs beina round; so, foolhardy like, thet evenina we tuk ter the road 'fore hit war clar dark. We hedn't gone more'n a mile till we come slap onter 'bout eighty secesh calvary. We skedaddled fur the timber, powerful sudden; but they war over the fence ana on us 'fore we got well under cover. 'Bout thirty on 'em slid thar nags, ana come at us in the brush. I seed twarn't no use runnina; so I yelled out: ‘ Stand yer ground, boys, ana sell yer lives jest so high as ye kin!’ Wall, we.went at hit ter close quarters-hand ter hand, ana fut ter fut-ana ye'd better b'lieve thar war some tall fightina thar fur 'bout ten minhits. Our boys fit like fien's-thet little chunk uv a feller thar,” pointing to a slim, pale-faced youth, not more than seventeen, “laid out three on 'em. I'd done up two myself, when the cap'n come onter me-but, I've telled ye 'bout him ;” and drawing a long breath, he put the miniature back in his pocket. After a short pause, he continued:

When they seed the cap'n war done fur, they fell back a piece-them as war left on 'em-ter the edge uv the timber, ana hollered fur tuthers ter come on. Thet guv us time ter load up-we'd fit arter the fust fire wuth knives-ana we blazed inter 'em. Jest as we done

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