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“ [164] thar?” pointing to a thin, sallow faced man, two seats in our rear. “Not two months gone, some twenty rebs come ter his house while he war layina out in the woods, ana toted his wife — as young ana purty a'oman as yer own sister-off 'bout a mile, ana thar tuk thar will uv her-all on 'em! She made out ter crawl home, but it killed har. He warn't wuth har when she died, ana hit wus well he warn't, fur he'd hev gone clean crazy ef he hed been. He's mor'n half thet now-crazy fur blood! ana kin ye blame him? Kin ye 'spect a man thet's hed sech things done ter him ter show quarter? 'Taint in natura ter do hit. All these boys hes hed jest sich, ana things like hit; ana they go in ter kill or be kilt. They doan't ax no marcy, ana they doan't show none. Nigh twenty thousand on'em is in Burnside's ana old Rosey's army, ana ye kin ax them if they doan't fight like devils. The iron has entered thar souls, sir. They feel they's doina God sarvice-ana they is-when they does fur a secesh. ana when this war ar over-ef it ever ar over --thar'll be sech a reckonina wuth the rebs uv East Tennessee as creation never know'd on afore. Thar wont be one on'em left this side uv hell!” This was said with a vehemence that startled me. His eyes actually blazed, and every line on his seamed face quivered with passion. To change the subject, I asked:

And what did you do after the fight?

“ Not knowina what moight happen, we swapped does with sech uv the rebs as hed gray 'uns, ana put Northplm-nb fur the mountins. Nigh onter Meigsville we come onter a Union man, who holped us ter cut some timber ana make a raft-fur we 'lowed the secesh would track us wuth houns, ana ter throw 'em off the scent we ”

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