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Up from the ranks; or, From corporal to general
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Pluck and luck
Gordon, Gen'l James A.
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Frank Tousey
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I I PLUCJ< LUCJ<. Complete S t ories o f Adventure. l81ued Weeklg-B11 8ubsorl11ttim $2 50 per-11ear. lllntered 011 Beoond Ola11s Matter at the New York, N. Y., Poat Ofrloe, Nove mber 7, 1898. Ente red aocortHng to .d.o t of Oongrc s s, i n the year 1904, in the off(ce of the Librarian of OonoreBB, Washington, D. 0., b11 Frank Tousey 24 Union Square, Now York. N o 307. NEW Y ORK, APRIL 20, 1904. P rice 5 Cents. UP FROM THE RANKS DB,, From Corporal to , General A STORY OF TBE GBEAT BEBELLIOB. BY GEN' L JAME S A GORDON. CHAPTER I. THE FIRST I old fiag from Vera Cruz to the capital of the Montezumas through a s eries of bloody battles I what it was I am too old now to go to the field again. Sixty years lie I heavily on me. But I will help those who go as l o n g a s I A great battle had been fought. have a dollar the bank or a crust of bread in t h e Th e stars and stripes had gone down in defeat at Bull Run, board. We must raise a company here in Dover t o hel p UP and humiliation and alarm seemed to settle on the .hearts hold the old flag. Who will he the first volunteer from of the loyal men who wanted to see the Union preserved Dove r ? in t a c t. I will!" promptly came from a manly-looking youth in The excit ement all over the North was such that no pen the crowd has ever been able to adequately de s cribe it, nor brush portray Instantly every eye wa s turned on him and he held up hi s it. hand above his head adding: But the defeat did not settle the Qlatter in dispute between "Put me down first-Will Herbert! the two s ections. On the contrary, both sides at on c e began The judge looked at him in silent admiration for a mome.nt ,,. to prepare for battle s on a s c ale compared with which Bull or two, and then said: Run wa s a mere skirmish. "You are young and--" When the news of the battle rea c hed Dover, in the State "I am old enough to fight for the Uni o n, said the youth of New York the little town was thrown into a fever of interrupting him. "I am nineteen, and can lick any man of e xc itement. The sam e was the case in all the other towns ninety or even a hundred!" in the c ountry North and South. There was a roar o f laughter, and the next moment scores Men with pallid f a c es hurrie d to and fro, eager to catch were crying out: the late s t bit of news. Women trembled and thought 01 the "Put me down! Put me down next! t hou s and s of brave men who were lying out there on that The judge put down their names as fa s t as he could get bloody field on that midsummer night. them in a little note-book which he took from his pocket as b e But when Judge Holmes the most prominent man in Dover stood on the steps o f the post-office. In less than a stood on the steps of the post-offi c e and read the news to the half hour he had a list of eighty names, two-thirds of whom crowd, h e told them that the die was c ast. were young men who had been born and !."eared within a "You rallied to the defense of the flag," he said, "when the radius o f three miles of the post-office. news c am e that Sumter had fallen A magnificent army Now get together and organize before you go to bed to sprang to arms That army is now beaten routed and in full night, said the judge, "and I'll write a letter to the Presi retreat on Wa s hington. w e are in for a big war. The enemy dent, telling him tliat you are coming to sustain the Union knows how to fight. They believe they are right just as and the old flag firmly and sinc erely as we believe they are wrong. The y are Th' e utmost enthusiasm prevailed in the crowd. Those who fighting for what they beli e ve to be their legal constitutional had given their names got into a knot by themselves and rights. We can no longer discuss that question with them. found th.at a little deliberation was required before organizing. The time for that has now passed. We must tight to save Mr. Bettingill offers the ballroom of his hotel for your the Union I went to Mexico with Scott and followed the organization, boys!" sung out the judge, after the land lord


UP FROM THE RANKS. of the hotel had whispered to Mm. "Come on over there, and I'll help you get into shape!" and be led the way down and across the street to the village hotel, followed by the whole crowd of citizens. \ The big room was soon in a blaz e of light. The landlord had every lamp lit, and the judge called out the names on the list. Those who a./iswered at once passed upstairs to the ballroom. \ When they were all in the door was locked and the judge called them to order. Under his guidance they proceeded at once to elect officers. "Whom will you have for your 'captain?" he ask ed, and a half dozen names were suggested at once. They were all youths who knew nothing about military organizations or duties. He saw l.hat a very popular youth of some twenty years of age would get the votes of a majority of the youths, and would be elected. He also knew that the youth was not of the right stuff for an officer. "See here, boys," he said. "I've been a soldier, you know. L'et me give you a bit of advice. There is one name on this list who was a brave soldier under Scott in Mexico. He is old eno,ugh to be a father to nearly every on$Jf you, and yet young enough to lead you into bat'ue. If you have a man of e xperience at your head it will go much easier with you in the Jong run because he will know his business. Elect Mr. Coombs your captain. He was wounded at Chapultepec, and I that he has volunteered to go again under the old fla't" It was something of a wet blanket.for the boys, for Coombs was a poor mechanic, fifty years old, and very reserved in his manners. But they knew that he had been a brave sol dier, and so they followed his advice and unanimously elected him captain. \ He rose to his feet and looked around at the boys. They sat still and silent, expecting him to say som ething, and he did. "You have electecl me, boys," he said. "The judge has told you that I fought under Scott. So I did. He never lost a battle. Why? The Mexicans were brav e ; they fought bard. But Scott kne}V art of war i;tnd his soldiers their duty. Now what is the first duty of a soldier? It is to obey or'ders. Now I will not accept until you stand up and say you will obey orders. Will you do it? Every man of them sprang to his feet and sung out: "W e will. "Even unto d e ath! .. added Will Herbert in clear, ringing \ They caught his spirit, with ringing cheers added: "Even unto death! "That is enough, boys," said the newly-elected captain. "I iball never send you where I would not lead you. I shall never say 'go,' but 'come,' and lead you right at the enemy." "That is the kind of talk! .. the judge. "I know some of those Secessionists. They are brave men, and rt'Oth ing but hard fighting is going to whip them. Now for your first and second officers. Whom will you have for your first lieutenant?" Ben Risley was eJected. Sam Joslyn was made second Ji eutenant. At last, after the sergeants had been chosen, Judge Holmes said: "Now honor the young man who waS' the first to put his name on the list-Will Herbert. Make him a corporal." Will Herbert was a machinist, and did not run about with the boys of Dover much, hence they would never have thought of gl"ving him any position if the judge had not suggested it. But they were in the mood to b'e guided by the judge and I ernor of the State, and througif' him to the President," said Judge FJ:olmes. "By the way, what name will you go by?" I suggest the 'Dover Guards,' said Corporal Herbert. "That is a good name," said the judge, and it was adopted The judge then wrote the letter tendering the company's services and asking for arms. He read it to the boys, who greeted its ringing sentences with rousing cheers, after which Captain Coombs sung out: "Now form in line and follow m e out to the green and I'll give you a little taste of the drill before you go to bed." Their enthusiasm was equal to any demand made upon them, and so they formed in line and followed him downstairs and out on the street. More than half the town were there waiting to hear from the organization. They followed them to the green and stood by watching the drill. Everybody was soon convinced that Captain Coombs knew his busin ess. But the astonishment of the1 crowd came when Corporal Herbert showed a perfect familiarity with military tactics. He had been studying them ever sinC'e Sumter fell and old Coombs himself could not tell him anything he didn't know "Can you drill a squad, corporal? the captain asked. "Yes, captain." "Then take that squad and put 'em through." He did so with such ease and celerity that the old soldier said: "They should have made you the captain." "Not so, captain," he said. "You have faced the enemy in battle, and know what to do. You are the right man in the right place." "Yes, said Lieutenant Risley. "It would break up the compa,1y to change officers now." "No changes will be made said the captain. "Go on with the drill, corporal." "Corporal Herbert put them through the drill with the energy and discipline of an old soldier, and the crowd who stood by and looked on, particularly the young ladies, were un stinted in their praise of his skill and soldierly bearing. When the drill was over it was nearly midnight. The young men at once sought their girl friends in th e crowd to escort them home Lieutenant Risley had been paying attention to Mary Holmes, the daughter of the judge, and the gossips of Dover had nearly engaged them. He joined her at once, thinking she would be awed in the presence of an officer of his rank. "So you are going as lieutenant?" she asked as she leaned on his arm. "Yes, first lieutenant," he replied, holding his head up a s became an officer. "Mr. Coombs, tb,e old Mexican War veteran, is to be captain. "Yes. He is an old soldier like father. What a pity though, they did not make young Will Herbert captain instead of a corporal." "Make Herbert captain!" "Yes. He knows as much about drilling men as any old 1 soldier." "Oh, anybody can learn to be a drill master. But everybody can t command men." "No. But he seemed to me to-night to be one born to com mand. His words of command seemed to come from one in authority." "That was because so many were loqking on. 'rhe idea of a common mechanic like him commanding anybody!" "I thought he commanded well to-night, and admired him. He would look splendid in the uniform of an officer." "I don't think you will ever see him in one. He isn't the Captain Coombs, an!} he was unanimously elected first cor kind of man that heroes are made of." poral, after "'fich the organization was soon completed. "I expect to see him a generaJ," said Mary. "He was the "I'll now tender the services of this company to the govfirst one t6 volunteer to-night."


\ I . UP FltOM: THE RANKS 3 Her words. maddened him, filling his soul with jealous h0ate of the young 1 corporal. CHAPTER II. OFF FOR 'l'HE FRONT. is, and when we come home again, crowned with vlctol'y over se c ession, we shall be well paid if we can face you as we do rlay, and h ear you s ay well clone, good and faithful sol diers.' It was a short speech and unpremeditated. But it created an immeuse enthusiasm. The soldiers cheered and the' ladles waved their handkerchiefs. Captain Coombs ran up to him, and grasping his hand said : "It was the best I ever heard, corporal[ General Scott Events came thick and fast on the heels of the Bull Run couldn't have done better himself!" )disaster. Half a million men began arming Oil\ both sides. "Give ma.your hand, corporal!" exclaimed Judge Holmes, Every train north and sout)l carried regiments to the front, rushing up to him. "That was the neatest little off-hand while others were drilling and making ready for the conflict. speech I ever listened to, and the most pointed one, too!" and The Dover Guards drilled day and night. Corporal Herbert, he wrung his hand cordially as he spoke. the.son of a poor widow, developed wonderful skill as a drill "Thunder and lightning, Will'" cried an old citizen, as he master, and the citizens began to brag that the Doyer Guards grasped his hand. '"Wher e did you learn to make bright little would go to the front as the best drilled company in th.e speeches like that?" army. His young sister, just a little pastsixteen years of "I am sure I don't know," he replied. "I never made a age, whlle proud of him in his new sphere; was inconsolable speech in my life, nor ever expected to. I only knew that I over his enlistment. 1 must ob'el orders. If the captain had told me to take the flag-He was the main support of herself and mother. No wonstaff and' lam you all with it, I'd have obeyed him." der she grieved at the idea of his going to war. '"That's the sort'of men heroes are made of," remarked the When their uniforms cam'e everybody turned out to see judge. 'Here, come with me a moment. Excuse me, captain. them pa racle ancl drill. I want to introduce him to the ladies of the committee," and Tht!ir arms came, too, and now they began to feel and look he dragged him away to the spot where the were congrelike soldiers. ancl introduced him to them. But the most soldierly looking of all the younger members was the gallant corporal. Captain Coombs had shown a keen appreciation of his sol dierly qualities ever since the night of the organization of the c ompany. On that eventful afternoon he gave him an unex pe cted token of his confidence in him as a young man to he depended on in an emergency. Just as the uniform drill was about to end, Captain Coombs was informed that Mary Holmes on behalf of the ladies of Dover, was going to present them with a silk flag. He ordered parade rest and waited for the presenbation. Miss Holmes came forwa1:-d with a beautiful silk flag, and, in a neat little speech full of patriotic sentiments, and prais e of the brave defenders the Union, presented it to the com pany-the captain receiving it. Then the big crow'dlooked at the boys and they looke!l. at him, as did everybody else. "Ladies," said he, blushing and-.stammerlng, "I can't make a speech. I'd rather go into battle right now than be caught in a fix like thls. I say, lieutenant, you take it and thank 'em for it." Lieutenant Risley turned pale and shook his head. He would have liked nothing better lf time had been given him to get up a speech. Thele was no time to lose. corporal Herbert to the front!" It was a tight' place for him, for he was never a ladies' man. But they received him so cordial\y, and said so many pleasant things about his speech, that he loon forgot his awkwardness. His sister Winnie rushed up to him and kissed him in her enthusiastic pride over his sudden triumph, saying: "I didn't know you could make a speech, brother." Neither did I," he. said, laughing, "and I don't know that I can. I don't thinli: I could again. The captain's order took me so much by surprise that I don't know a thing th t I said \ ''Ob, it was the grandest.little sp eech I ever heard," put in Mary Holmes. "It made me quite ashamed of mine, and I sat up n early all night trying to write out a good one too. "It was a good one," he said. "It gave me the inspiration for mine." -" "What a nice compliment' I am sure r thank you ever so much." Others came up._. and the conversation became general, in which the. young corporal bore his part with a good deal of spirit. By and by one of tire guards came up and tapped him on th e shoulder, saying: "Lieutenant Risley wishes to see you. He is ovez:_ there neat the pump." Young Herbert hcused himself to the ladi'es and hastened to see what the lieutenant wanted of him The surprised corporal stepp e d out and s ainted. To his surprise he found the young officer in a towering '"rake this flag and thank the ladies for it-er-..for the comrage. He. saluted and said: pany," stammered the captain. "You s ent for me, lieutenant?" He saluted the captain as he took the flag from his hands, "Yes. You have grossly insulted me," replied the office apd then, turning to ladies and citizens said, in a clear, "and I demand an apology at your hands.,. ringing tone of voice: "I am not aware of having clone so," said the corporal. "I "The first duty of a soldier is to obey orders. My captain certainly did not inten9 to do so. How have I offended?'" has orderecl \ me to thank you for this beautiful flag. My heart "Your allusion to the first' duty of a soldier was intend ed I gives the same command, and the impulse of my soul sanctions to reflect on me-your superior officer." it. We thank you ladies of Dover for your interest in us "I beg your pardon, sir. It was not so intended, nor was a"nd the cause for which some of us are going to die. This flag it any reflection on you. I was--" will float over some of us as we breathe our last, and here You lie! You were--" now, while yet we live, we pledge to you our sol emn honor Quick as a flash the corporal dealt him a blow between to defend it with our lives. and to carry it aloft in the ra c e I the eyes that laid him out at full length on his back. of the enemy as long as one of trs can stand on our feet. We 'T'he next moment he was s eized by other members of the know littl'e about war. We are going to the front to fight com'pany and held so as to prevent any further disturbance. for this Union of our fathers. We will soon know what war In a moment nearly everybody on the grounds had gathered


, -4 UP FROM THE RANKS. . around the pump. An officer had been struck by a soldi'er, and many believed that' the corporal would be shot for the offense. Captain Coombs came up and asked what the trouble was. "He struck me, captain said the lieutenant. "Put him under guard and I'll prefer charges against him for striking an officer. The corporal laughed. "Like a coward you want to skulk behind the code o'r military discipline," he said. "But we have not been mus tered into service yet hence that refuge avail you anything. You are a cowardly poltroon, and utterly lacking in any of the qualities of a gentleman." "G entlemen, stop! said the captain. "This is unbecoming in both of you. Go to the armory and let s see about this thing, and he called the company to attention again and marched them to the hall which had been tendered for their use by the landlord of the hotel. Then the captain demanded a statement from each as to the cause of' the fracas. The lieutenant claimed tlft he had been insulted by the cort>oral in a public place, in the presence of hundreds of people. "Did you mean to insult him, corporal?" the captain asked. "No, and I so stated to him, which is all any gentleman could have asked for But he told me I lied, and I knocked him down." "You did right," said the aptain. "Lieutenant Risl'ey, you must apologize to Corporal rerbert, or I'll prefer a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman against you." Risley was dumfounded. "How can you try me if we are not Y!).t mustered into ser vice?" he demand e

, .. UP FROM THE RANKS. very proper remark for him to make. But he vowed to punish him on the very first opportunity. Suddenly the order came for the brigade to which the regi ment had been attached to move to the front. Hurried preparations were made, and the march began on time. It was the first marching the boys had done. It was hard on some of them, but they stood it bravely. Three days later they heard the sound of ..cann on and knew that the foe would not let them go much further without a fight. That night a negro man canie into camp. He was about Cor poral Herbert's size, but some two or three years older. "Marsa, lemme stay wid youse an' be youse nigger. I'se a good nigger, sab." "Well, I am not able to pay you a,nything. my man. said the "I doan' "want no pay, marsa," he said. "My ole marsa can't git me heah, an' dat's wha' fo' I'se er gwine ter stay wlf Well, that's all right. You can sleep on the ground out side my tent, and I'll try "'get some rations for you. What's your name?" "Remus, sah." "Well, Remus, you may get hurt if the rebels come for us "Is yo.use a hosslfer?" he asked of the corporal. to-morrow." "Yes, a little one," he replied. "Dat's er fac', marsa, but I spec I kin run as fas' as dey "Waal, den, youse am gwine ter hab trouble in de mo'nln', kin. shuab." "Oh, you would run, would you?" corporal asked laugh "How so?" ing. "Kase dem white sogers ober dar on 'Mm Creek am er "Yes, sab. Ef dey seed er nigger heali dey'd shoot im dead, comin' fo' youse, an' da's bad 'uns; massa." Corporal Herbert questioned him closely, and thought his story ought to be known at headquarters. "Come with me," he said to the negro, and be led the way to the tent of Captain Risley There w ere half a dozen other officer s there. He saluted him and said: "Captain, here's a man who has news of the enemy, which I think you ought to know about." "Indeed! Have you issued orders in regard to him and bis news?" "Yes, I ordered him to come here and report to you." "Well, you may takecommand of the whole army to-night. Send the nigger away, and don't bring any more of the vaga bonds to me." Herbert saluted and retired, followed by the n egro. He immediately h'unted up Major Coombs and told him the negro's story, also his interview with Captain Risley. The old soldier at onc e began questioning the negro, and was at once impressed with his story. He took him to the colonel of the regiment, who in turn led him to the brigade headquarters. The general heard His story, and, to the. surprise of Major Coombs, refused to give credence to it. "It is not reasonable to suppose that a regment of 500 or 600 horse," said the.general, "would attack a brigade of in fantry numhering four times as many. The man does not know what he is talking about." The colonel came away convinced that the general knew what he was talking about, and sent the negro away with the major, who brought him back to the young corporal." "Corporal," he said,' "you and I are the only ones who beli'eve his story. I am afraid we will have trouble before morning." "So am I, major," said Herbert, "but what can we do?" "Nothing. We have done our duty." "Well, I am going to whisper to our boys that lf we attacked to make a break for the foundations of that house out there." are old sah." "Why don't you make up your mind to shoot them, too? "Er niJger shoot er white man?" "Why, yes. That's what we are here for. If they come here we'll kill as many of them as we can. If they do come you watch me and stick close to me." "Yes, sah. I'll do dat." "Very well. That's my tent over there. My name ls Cor poral Herbert. You may go and lie down by it if you .wish." The negro did as he was told, and in a little while the boys were commenting on the sarenade given them by the "Corporal's moke." His snoring could have been beard two hundred yards away. But as there was one or more in eve .ry mess who played on the same instrument in their sleep, no objections were made to the "music by the black band." By and by Herbert rolled himself in his blanket. How long he slept he did not know. He was dreaming of the folks at home and of sweet-faced Mary Holmes, wh en he felt him self grasped by the collar and roughly jerked to his feet. Dey am er comin', marsa!" he heard the voice of Remus say. "Eh! What!" Dey am er comin', shuah! repeated Remus. Then he heard the pickets firing, and knew that the Con federate cavalry had indeed come as the negro said they would. "Up, boys!" he cried. The enemy are on us! To arms! To arms!" The next moment the long roll was beaten, and the men sprang to their feet. But before they could rally in re sponse to It the rush of cavalry them: "To the old ruins, boys!" cried Herbert, making a dash for the old stone walls. Others e;ame tumbling in till forty seven out of the sixty he had spoken to had gathered there. But not an officer was among th' em. Major Coombs had been cut off .In his efforts to get there. The balance of the regiment and brigade were scattereq like leaves before a "Why there, corporal?" great wind. "The foundations are of stone and breast high. It would "Steady now, boys!" cried CorJoral Herbert. "Let "em have make a capital little fort against an enemy without artillery." your lead as fast as you can hand it O\lt to 'em Now!" "Why, yes, so it would. Yes, tell 'em to rusn in there if we They fired and a dozen saddles were emptied. The moon are attacked." I gave just light enough to enable them to aim. T he ConHerbert went to sixty of the eighty men In the company, 'llnd federates were amazed at finding a handful of soldiers at t ,hat told them that If they were attacked in the night to rush into1 spot attempting to stop them: the old house ruins' and fire from behind the stone walls. Th e An officer rode up to within ten feet of the ston e waII and other twenty w ere men whom he did not believe to be friends sung out: of his, hence he did not say anything to them about it. "Sul'render or you are lost." The negro had no friend in the caDU>, and as Herbert had Qorporal Herbert raised a rifle and sh'ot him dead spoken kindly to him, he 'said: "That's the way we surrender!" he cried. "Give "em nothI


r 6 UP FROY.r THE RAN <:S. ing but)ead, boys! They have no cannon! They can't get The negro gently laid him on the ground, his head resting. -at us!" on the thigh of a dead comrade. The ca valry now charged all round the stone walls and cut The movement brought a groan from him. at the h eads of the brave boys with theit sabr es so me "Hi-hi, marsa! He ain't dead yit! Marsa, he a.in't dead! u sing revolvers, too. But Corporal Herbert kept c alling out: and Remus sprang up and glared around at the others. "Give 'em l e ad boy s Stand for the Union! Down with Major Coombs knelt down by the unconscious corporal and e v ery rebel!" laid a hand his h eart. Then he laid his right ear over The s{1rging mass of horsemen pressed up against the walls against the left breast. like a wave of demons. He lives! he said. Here, boys, lift the hero out of this! "Surrender, you fool s c ried a big black-bearded officer, Lay him out there on the grass! Where i s Captain Risle y? aiming his revolver at them. Is he dead, too?" Never! cried Corporal Herbert, giving him a bullet that "He wasn't with us, major, said one of the boys. laid him off his hors e. Wh ere are the 1ieutenants, then? and he looked around For more than an hour Uie fiercii contest raged, till half the him. "Never saw any of them after the alarm was sounded." boys inside the stone walls were down. "Did Corporal Herbert command you in this fight? Daylight was coming. The gray streaks of dawn found "Yes, and like a hero, too." lhe ruins of the old ouse a volcano of leaden death. They lifted him out of the inclosure and laid him ten" Steady, boys!" erred Herbert, the left side of his face cove red with blood from a cut on the h ead. "Stand steady for derly on the among the dead and wounded of th e e nemy. An old grizzled Confederate soldier alongside of him look ed hard at him for a minute or so, saying: your country!" "We are foes to the death, but that youth has the stuff iu his saddle that Herbert snatched his sword out of his him that heroes are made of We found that place there hand. full of heroes I am dying. He gave m e my death wouud Another officer was so close to the wall wh e n he fell from Suddenly a volley in the rear of the foe c aused them to He was a brave s oldier. \ scatter. Major Coombs grasped the hand of the dying man in gray Herbert p ee r e d through the gloom of smoke and dawning and said: day and s aw the stars and l_stripes. "We are not enemi'es now. You fought bravely too. 1 am Then he sprang upon the wall, and, waving the swor'a above his head, s ung out: "Victory, boys! Hurrah f .or the Union! next moment a bullet struck him and he fell back into the arms of bla ck Remus. CHAPTER IV "FORT CORPORAL HERBERT." The boys in blue came up with a hurrah and a cheer. Those inside the four foundation walls of the ruins an swered them with another. All round the four sides the ground was. covered with men and hors e of the enemy. They were all down Many were dead some were drlng, and still many more were wounded. It was a ghastly scene to look upon Inside the little incfosure many of the brave d e fend ers were down. Some were n e ver to rise again. Others w!l'.re wounded, and among the latter was the daring corporal, who h


/ UP FROM THE RAN"KS. 7 The general had a stern, hard look in his eyes He waS' blaming bis own stupidity in a merciless though silent way The wounded were taken care. of and He1bei:t received s pecial attention. In a couple of hours be 1 : ecovered from t he effects of the c oncussion of the brain, and looked around him. we whipped 'em, major, he said to the old soldier by his side. "Yes,' so you did, my boy aucl all the glory and honor is yours." "No, no, major," he The boys_, stood by m e like heroes and fought as hard as I did They fell all around me. Ob, there will be sad hearts in Dover to-night." "Yes, so there will; put all hearts will ti'e proud of their brave fight The doctor says your wou?ds are not dangerous, though painful." 'I am glad to hear that. They are painful enough. Where is my nigger?" "He is with the boys." "I saw him kill a rebel with the barrel of a gun. K'eep him for me, major." I will. I'll look out for him." It was near noon before the entire regiment got together again. It bad been badly scattered by the charge of tbe "Ab! YoU' did wrong not to tell the captain that!" "I toqk him to the captain, and he sent me away in a v-ery curt manner." "Ah!" "Yes, and then I told the boys that the ruins would be a good refuge in case we needed one:' L!euteuant Joslyn wa s a personal fri' end of the captain's. He was as mu c h mortified over the situietion as Risley himself was Re went to the captain and told him that Corporal Herbert had been guilty of insubordination in t elling the boys before the attack was made to make for the old ruins if the enemy l!P\Jeared "Did be do that?'l "Yes." "How know you that?" I beard ome o the boys say so, and he confessed it to me. "Ah! be is guilty then!" CHAPTER v. enemy. The surprise bad been so complete that some of the THE TWO NURSES. officers didn't show up till the next day. Captain Risley did not go so When the news reached Dover that. the Dover Guards had He cam'El back bareheaded and in a bad plight. When the been cut to pieces, and that the brave young corporal who boys told him that the Guards had won the honors hq.d saved the day for the army was wounded, the whole of the day he was dumfounded. town was thrown into the most inte"nse excitement.. The colonel of. the told him that the COl'poral I As on th e eventful evening when the news of the battle of had saved the brigade from utter rout, and that the general. Bull Run came, Judge Holmes stood on the steps f the post wouJd recommend him to the President :or promotion I office and read the dispatc hes to the p e ople He turned pale as a shee t anq said Nearly a sc ore of the brave boys had fa1Jen-killed and "I can't understand how they got there. Tiley did not rally : wounded-and-there were many s ad hearts in Dover that at the standard when the long-roll was sounded and so I night. retr eated with the1 others. j .. You were unfortunate,,, said the colonel. "Your corporal At last a dispatc h c am e from Major Coombs to judge himself won all the honors." I "Well, I am glad my company acquitted Itself 50 nobly.,, "When tll'e scatter.ea b.: ' Yes, they are brave -men. 1 hear that at least one-third of of. the enemy s cavahy, 1t s aid Co1poral Herbert and them has fallen.,, about half the members of the Dover Guards took refuge in: sid .i the foundation walls of a house that had been burned "It was awful. It will be th e grief or my lif e that I was down. It was a miniature' stone fort. Th'ey held it against separated from them in the darkness." the combined assaults of five hundred Confederates for nearly He went to look at "Fort Corporal Herbert." I I two hours, killing and wffiinding at least one hundred of He saw the evidences of the terrible death struggle all them. Corporal Herbert is said to have slain five with his round the blackened stpne own hand, and fell himself just as the enemy fiect, receiving He heard soldiers all round him pralsmg the heroes who three wounds. The Guards suffered terribly, but never fiin ch-defended the little fort 1 ed. They los t about twenty killed and wounded." They didn't need any offic ers," he beard an old soldier remark. I It was terrible and at the same time glorious news. Even He visited the wounded men and spoke kindly to themthose whose hearts were filled with a horrible suspense as to c alled them heroes. the fate of loved ones throbbed with pride over the valor But he did not go to see the corporal. of the boys who bad gone to the front to defend the old flag. He could not face him after what bad happened, but he Winnie Herbert was in the crowd rith her mother when she heard that her hero brother wa s wounded hated him more than ever. Lieutenant Joslyn call'ed on him and said: I am sorry you did not Jet me know you were going 1 that' little forrr corporal." "Oh, let me go to him!" she cried, "Let me go to him! into Let me go and nurse him! r was afraid you would forbid it, lieutenant, .. ,he r e plied. I never. disobey orders. "You arranged with the boys to go there before the attack "Alas, my child!" sobbed her mother. "We haven't the money! Oh, my poor brave boy! and she wrung her hands in an agony of grief. "You shall hav e t he money lass .. said a rough-looking old was made?" th e lieutenant asked. workingman near by "Here's one dollar! Here, men! "We agreed among ours elves that 1f we were attacked in Come down with your dollars to pay his sister's fare to the the night, as we feared we might be to get into that place and hold it against the enemy." "Did you have any idea that you were going to be attack ed ?" .. Yes," and he told about the story brought by Remus. hospital." It home to the heart of eve ryone. Men rushed up j to and her mother and thrust money intotheir hands till th!ly could not stow it away. One man suggested a basket-another a bai. ; I


I 8 UP FROM THE RANKS. Mary Holmes made a bag out of a handkerchief, and it should have done if I had b een there. I'm afraid I would was soon filled. have surrendered. It looked like total destruction to refuse, ;'Winnie, ask father to let me go with you,;'. suggested Mary. Oh I want to go and help nurse our brave boys Winnie wanted the rich girl to go with her. Somehow the two had taken to each .other since the guards went away. JMary was always asking Winnie what Will had written, and she often read his !!liters to h'er ; Oh, if you would only go, she said I'll go down on my knees to him," and she rushed up to the judge and said: "Judge Holmes, let Mary go with me. She wants to go, and she is the one friend I would prefer next to my mother." The judge was staggered. He loved his beautiful daughter with an idolatrous love and the idea of Jetting her go to thti battlefie1d as a nurse quite unnerved him. But that was a moment when no man could refuse a boon to the brave defenders of the Uni<; m "Let me go, father," said Mary "It is my duty to go." It was a hard thing for him to do, but he bowed his head in silent assent, and the two girls hastened home to prepare for the journey on the first train the next morning. When Winnie and her mother got home th.ey found that several hundred dollars had been given them-at least ten times more than the exp e nses of thetrip would amount to. Neighbors came in to assist in' getting Winnie ready, lt!rd it" was long past midnight ere the task was done. At an early hour the next morning Judge Holmes' carriage drove up before the littl'e cottage home of the Widow Herbert, and Winni'e hurriedly gsi.ve her mother a good-by kiss and entered it. Ten minutes later she and Mary Holmes were whirling through country on their way to Washington. It was 1on th third day after the battle that Captain Risley was returning from the headquarters of the general, whither he had been to Jay before him a statement to the effect that Corporal Herbert had been guilty of planning con certetl action with the members of Co. D in case of attack by the enemy, without the knowledge of the said officers or It. was a seriou s chargti under ordinary circumstances, apd ordinarily it would hav e wrought ruin to the corporal. But the general him s elf had good reas ons for not wishing to have the charge pre s sed as in that c a s e the fac t would come out that he had refu s ed to entertain the warning brought him by the n e gro Remus. Captain Risley," he said, sternly, "I understand .that the c orporal himself brought that negro to your tent and told you that he had information whi c h you ought to look into. " Y es, general, but I--" "And you gruffly turned him away," continued the gen e ral, "without looking into the matter. Is it true?" "I didn't think it my duty to do so -general. "It was your duty to see whether it was news whi ch ough:t to go up to your superior offic ers. That is a more serious charge against you than th e one. you have made against Corporal Herbert. Events have justified him whereas the blame of the disaster could be thrown entirely on your shoulders 'A court-martial would have you dismissed from the service, if not shot. You had b'ett e r drop your charge against the corporal for he has the army and the whole coun try at his back just now Captain Risley came away in a very much disturbed con dition of mind. "It is a narrow escape for me," he muttered to himself as he walk e d back toward his own quarte rs. I wond e r if h e will prefer against m e wh e n h e re c ov e rs? Confound him, he ha s won a name that I'd give ten thou s and dollar s to have! What a terrible fight he made! I don t know what I with five hundred terrible cut-throats around you. I am--" Oh Captain Risley! cried a sweet, girlish voice btihind him and looking around he was amazed at seeing Mary Holmes running toward him. Why, Miss Holmes!" he exclaimed. "I am surprised at seeing you in camp! When did you get here?" I cam e a few moments ago with Winnie Herbert," replied the belle. "S. he has come to nurse her brother. Do please show us to where he is?" "Why, certainly. 'He is in the field hospital. Whom did you come to nurse?" I came to help nurse all our boys," she replied. "I am sorry I was not fortunate enough t o be one of the wounded, he said. "It was a great misfortune that you were not, for the people at home think you ran away and left the corporal and the men to fight it out with the enemy "My God!" he groaned. Do they think that meanly of me? Did all the other officers of the regiment run away, too? Not one of them was in the fight." I don t know anything about it other than what I have said she replied. "The people are excited, aml they don t talk or even think of anybody but Corporal Herb ert." Well, I am sorry they think so meanly of me. I don t de serve it, unless every other officer in the regiment does too." "Corporal Herbert will be promoted, will he not?" she asked. I am sure I don't know." \ "You are his captain. You surely will recommend him for promotion?" He was silent, for the question placed him in a position he did not at all desire. Suddenly he saw Winnie Herbert coming toward him leaning on the arm of Major Coombs. He was silel:lt, for the question placed him in a position he did not at all desire. Suddenly he saw Winnie ,Herbert com ing toward him leaning on the arm of Major Coombs He lifted his hat to her, and they all four entered the hospital tent together. Winnie rushed to the cot where her brother lay, threw her arms about his neck and kissed him with a devoted sister' s impulse. Then Mary Holmes grasped his hand and said : "I am so glad it is no worse with you. We have come to nurse you and the other brave boys back to life and h ealth., "Well, with two such nurses I don't think I will get well in a hurry," he replied. Indeed you will,'' she said, for I won t let any one pla y off sick on me! and she laughed and shook her head like a detet;mined young matron. Then she turned and joined Captain Risley at the bedside of another of the guards, and went with him to all the oth ers, quieting each one with a sweet smile and a clasp of the hand. She poke of the pride of the people at home over tl;le fame they had won, each mentioning the name of Herbert as the hero of the hour. Captain Risley turn'ed away and muttered: "Why didn't he die when he fell?" CHAPTER VI. A PRISONER OF WAR. When the two girls had been in camp a week, nea_9.Y every unmarried man in the regiment was in Jove with tffem. Their presence seemed to make every one of them eager to do some daring de ed in order to attract their attention.


UP FROM THE RANKS. 9 But they were unremitting in th'efr attention to the wound sweep;ng by in pursuit of the Union troops was quite deaf ed, though the officers tried hard to d;aw ,them away for ening. more pleasant occupa ion. The main body onward past the hospital tent. Suddenly the camp was thrown into. the wildest commotion. But a young captain halted his company in front of the The eil'emy had made a move that forced the sudden de : ten't, and came in. parture of the brigade without a moment's delay. The two girls turned and gaz ed at him. Captain Risley rushed up to the field hospital and grasped He was tall, handsome, and distinguished-looking. Mary Holmes by the arm, saying: The moment he saw them he removed his hat and bowed. "Come away! The army is moving. You must go with us Then he turned to the surgeon in charge, and asked: or fall into the hands of the enemy." "How many wounded are here?" She turn ed pale, looked hard at him for a moment or two, "Twenty-eight, and all of the -regiment of New York," and then asked: -replied the doctor. "But what about these wounded men?" "They will be left in charge of a surgeon. Come quick. The order to march bas be ,n given. The Dover Guards will give you protection." "Those ladies-are they nurses?" "Yes." "Tell them not to be alarmed, as I will place a guard around th e tent for its protection. Are you the surgeon in "I won't go and leave these men behind," she replied charge?" firmly. "Yes." "But you w!ll fall into the bands of the enemy!" "Well, remain In charge until further orders," and then, bat "I am not afraid. They will do me no harm. I am:, not a in h;md, he passed through to look at the wounded men on combatant." "Oh, Mary!" cried Winnie Herbert, running up to her and throwing lrer arms around her neck, "they are going to leave the wou'bded men behind." their cots. The two girls rose to their feet and stood as he stopped at foot of the cot on which the wounded corporal lay. Their faces were pallid with both fear and anxiety. "Yes," said Mary. "They were left behind fought so bravely for their lives and the old flag. when they "He is my brother, sir," said Wilinie, who felt that she I am going must say something. to stay with them, Winnie." "So am J. Oh, I'd die before I would leave them. not a coward if the men are!" "You are right to stay with him," he said. "I have two I am sisters myself, and 1 love them as your brother no doubt loves you. Rest perfectly easy in mind. You will find that we are "You don't understand the exigencies of the hour, Miss Herbert," said Captain Risley. "We have to move in obedi ence to th e orders of the general. A great battle is about to be fought and--" "I know that nothing could Induce me to leave these poor wounded men behind if I were a general," retorted Winnie. "I'll show tb em a woman is not afraid of all the rebels in the world." "Come, come, Miss Mary!" pleaded Captain Risley, pulling at her arm. ''Why should you fall into their hands?' You have no brother here. I admire her devotion to her brother. but it is different with you." not making war on your sex." "Oh, thank you ever so much!" exclaimed Winnie, the color coming back into her face again. You don't know what a. loafl you ltave taken off our hearts." "Then I am glad I spoke. Are you much hurt, sir?" a,nd he turned to Herbert as he asked the question. "Pretty badly hurt-three wounds," was the reply. "Well, you have been in a pretty hot fight, I should say." "Yes, and it was my first one too. Rather bad luck, I think." "Yes. Where was it?" "In the ruins of an old house during the night attack made "Ind. eed it is not. Every one of these wounded men is my by your people last week." brother, and I am going to stand by them. Run along now or "Ob you were in that piin, were you? I was there on the the enemy may lilee you." outside of it. You were in a hot place and no mistake. The young captain flushed up in the face and said: "Yes, I thought it was very hot at the time "You are unjust, Miss Mary. A soldier must obey orders. "So did we. Why, you were like a nest of hornets. We lost am sorry you will remain behind and hope no harm may beheavily there. Some of out best men fell. Who had com fall you," and kissing her hand he turned away and joined mand in that p en ?"; his regiment, which was already on the move. "I did, sir." The surgeon came in and said: "Indeed! You are a brave fellow! Give me your hand!" "I am afraid you are making a mistake, young ladies. You and he extended his hand to Herbert, who grasped it heartily. may be subjected to many privations, if not actual indig"What rank do you hold in the army?" niti'es." "Only a corporal, sir. "We will not desert these men, doctor," said Mary, with a "Only a corp6ral!" and the young Confederate officer .gazed determined emphasis. hard at him. "Well, if we don't kill you in the next battle, "Ah! You would both make brave soldiers!" we'll hear of you higher up in the ranks. You have the stuff "I hope we would," said Winnie. for a general in you! Give me your hand al"ain. My name is They went to Corporal Herbert's bedsid 'e, and he said to St. Clair-captain in th e Black Horse cavalry of Virginia. them: I'd like to meet you again some d,ay. What ls your name?" "Go! Go and leave us to our fate!" "Will Herbert, of the Dover Guards., of the New York "Never! Never!" they both exclaimed. regiment," said the corporal. Hark! "I hope you may recover and win a higher rank, corporal. They all held their breaths and listened. I congratulate you on having a roving sister to nurse you "They are coming," said the corporal. through," and th en bowing to the two girls again he passed It was the rush of cavalry. on through tent. "Yes," said the doctor. "The' y will soon be here. I would "Oh, vthat a pity such a gentleman is a rebel!" said Mary advise you ladies to sit quietly by this cot here and wait as she gazad aftel' him. till you are spok en to by the ofll.cers." "Yes," assented Winnie. "I am glad to have fallen to his In a few moments more the roar of a thgusand cavalrv cbar2e.."


10 UP FROM THE RANKS. "Yes, he is a gentleman," said the corporal. "Because they are our enemies It is no reason to supposa them less gentle manly than our own people. Yet I am sorry I am a prisoner." So am I. Oh, I know mother will grieve herself sick over this." ,.; "Well, it cannot be helped. Don't make yourself sick wor rying over it." The captain gave orders to the guard which he placed around the tent to let no one enter there save officer:;; of the Confederate army. Then he went away, and bodies of the enemy kept passing all day long. t Along in the afternoon the surgeon in charge said to Mary Hollll'es: "I'll be searched and disarmed in a little while. I have a very fine revolver, pocket size, 'that I would not like to lose. Will you take charge of It for me?" "Yes, with pleasure. But won't they search us also?" "No, I think not." He gave her the weapon, which she placed in the bosom of her dress. In the evening a brigade encamped around the hospital tent, and th-e general commanding came in to see the surgeon. When he went away a captain took command there who or dered men around in a brutal sort of way. "You women can't stay here, he said to Winnie. "This is no place for you." "I am my brother," said she, "and It I am willing to put up with the hardships and discomforts, I am sure you should not object." / "But I do object, he replied, "and you hatt better prepare to be sent back across the lines. There is a private residence out there where you can stay till we are ready to send you away. Put on your things and go wit!). the guar

I UP FROM THE RANKS. 11 "We can't help it." Wh'en the sounds grew louder they almost sprang from "I hope that you think a man can be a good soldier and their cots in e\ger joy, for it indicated that the Union arro:v a gentleman at the same time. ''. was pushing the i!nemy back. 'Oh, yes, of cours e. .MY brother is one, and you have "Boys, our comrades are winning!" cried one poor fellow shown us that you are, too." almost tao weak to raise his voice above a whisper. He promised to call again in the early morning, and see "Yes," said the corporal. "They are pushing them ba c k that they were not molested, aftoc which hi took leave of on us. Let 'em come! Let 'em come! Let 'em run over aud them and left the hospital. crush us if only the old flag floats in triumph over tile When h e came back in the morning he told them that the field!" movements of the army required the regiment to which "Yes YllS. Hurra.li!" Captain Boland belonged to move on that very morning. w f nnie and Ma{y caught the spirit of the mom-ent and "But the captain's wound forces him to remain behind," he Joined their voices in the glad shout of triumph. added, "and he has b.een sent to the farmhouse where he By and by the soudds after a most terrific roar. wished to send you last night." Then tbey grew fainter and the faces on the cots became paler "That looks a littlelike poetic justice ," remarked Corporal and hopeless. Herbert. The battle was going against the Union, and the sad hearts "Yes, with all the poetry left out," assented the captain. gave way to despair. "Well, I may not have the pleasure of meeting you again," "Oh, why cannot the right win the day! sobbed Mary said the captain, turning to Winnie. "My command is ordered Holmes. "Our boys ar e as brave as the bravest!" forward at once, and that means trouble for somebody. You "Tb'ey are a brave people, too,'' the corporal said, and are both inside our lines, where you have but few lriends. they have the best officers in the world to lead them. Th e Promise me that if you get into any trouble you will let right will win yet. It is bound to win. me know it. You can always find out where my commaud is." The day closed, and darkness came on. It was a very dark "I will make .you that promise with pleasure," said night, and as it dragged its slow length along, its hours seem And so will I,'' put In Winnie, ed like days to thos who lay there-in that field hospital "And I thank you from the bottom of my heart, said waiting for tbe news. Corporal Herbert. It was about daylight when one of the guards who had He shook hands with them all, and left to rejoi n his combe en left in charge of the hospital put his heaa into tho mand. door and sang out: \ "I am sorry he is gone,'' the coi:poral. "Say, Yanks, you 'uns is beat!" "So am I. There can't be many like him in the Southern "Thank you for th e news, anyway ,' s aid t he S\1ri;eou, on army, I am sure," said Winnie. whom the susp e nse wa s wearing hard. "There is where yotl are mistaken,'' retunred her brother. We'll try it a gain s aid on e of the wound e d men on th e "There am many like him, and I hope we have some like him cot nearest the door. in our army." "No use, Yank.'' a1id tb e .Confederate laug -hecl as he bai;k e d "Ha! Did you hear that?" out of the door. Yes! What was it?" "The boon\. of a cannon. It may be the opening gun of a. great and I am here unable to take part in it." "You have done your share for the present, brother," said his sister. "Keep quiet, don't get excited. I hope our army may win! "Of course! Of course! Oh, If I were only with our brave boys to-qay!" I "But you cannot be. Don't excite youl:8elf. There goes an other cannon. Oh, brave men are b e ing killed to-day. How far away is 'It, do you think?" "Some fifteen or twenty miles,'' he said as he listened to the fast increasing roar of artillery. So far as that?,,, "Yes, fully that far, I guess." "We won't be in any danger here, then?" "No, not unless our people wi-n and follow them back here, when you may have trouble. A retreating army has but little consideration for anything or anybody. Ah! The battle is growing hot! Hear the big guus! It's music, isn't it,, boys?" .''Yes! cried several of the wounded ones. "Hurrah for the Union!" CHAPTER VIII. "Keep quiet there, said the surgeon "Don t s ay anything more this morning. Try to get all the sleep you can. The sounds of battle had died away altogether and all was quiet again around the hospital. A little after sunrise the news came that a great battle had been fought, and that the Union army had been for ce d ba ck. The exultant enemy had followed, and that left p e ace and q uiet in and around'tne section where our hero was a wound ed prisoner. They beard reinforcements gqing forward to swell the ranlrn of the Confedeirate anny, but they !mew that the pa triots of the North were hurrying forward too, and that we long the battle would turn and then the crash would / e ome Days and nights came and went, and Corporal Herbert's wounds healed so rapidly that he becam e alarmed. "Why don't you want to get well? Mary Holme s a s k ed. Because I will be sent to prison with the others, and yon will have no sick one on this cot to look after." "Oh, will they take you away?" his sister aske.d in alarm. "Yes, of course. They don't keep their prisoners in such plac es as this." "Oh mercy!" groaned Winnie. "What will I do if th e y take you away from me?" "You'll have to apply for permisi;ion to go back home. That was a situation she had not counted on, and botl} of them felt that they were on the eve of being thrown on their own resources in the e n e my's country. THE ESCAPE oF THE CORPORAL. "I say, brother,'' whi s pered Winnie "you must not get well too scion. 'The Union army will drive 'em ba c k soon, and then The battle raged all day and the wounded Union we'd be in our own lines, and under the old flag once boys Jay in the hospital tent and listened. more." The .tide of battle rose and fell, and the hopes of the "You can't fool a doctor," said the corporal, iaughing. brave fellows rose and fell wit)!' it. "When he comes in and feels my pulse, examine s my wounds


12 UP FROM THE RANKS. !!nd looks at my tongue he'll tell the guard to 1march me off He gave the alarm at once, and then the escape became. to the prison pen." "Oh, you are not half well enough yet? 1'e f Corporal Herbert. "I'd do it if I got the bullet myself," she said, and in a The bullet grazed his breast, cutting his coat and shirt few minutes she strolled over to the door of the tent and be I badly, and raising a blister on his fieshy part of the left gan asking the guard tli'ere some questions in such a sweet breast. tone .of voice that he was charmed by the Yankee girl. j He darted away In the darkness, knowing that pursuit was Winnie did the same thing at the other end, and they kept impossible before daylight. it up two days, by which time they were quite well acquainted ''Now for the Union lines," he said, as he made his way with all of the guards. The latter were good-natured fellows northward. who had always been deferential to the sex, and in this "I am in the rear of the enemy, and may run into some of instance they did not forget their good manners. their camps at any minute. I'll go as far as I can to-night, and At last the time came for him to make the effort to get hide during the daytime. Whew-! how it pours! away. A dark, stormy night came on. The rain down in torrents a half hour after his escape The two girls e ngaged the guards in conversation. He from the hospital, and the darkness became very intense. watched his chances. Dropping out of his cot he put on his Several times he stumbled and fell, bruising himself in shoes, trousers coat and hat, while lying on the fl,oor. Then, many places. when dressed, he out under the tent and slipped away It was along about three o'clock in the morning when he in the darkness of the night. was passing a farmhouse. He heard several dogs bark furi The other guards were st11angely remiss that eV'ening. They ously, and the next moment they came over the fence after did not believe that any of the wounded were able to escape, him. b'owever they may haV'e desired to do so. "My God!" he gasped. "I am unarmed! I can't even find a When Winnie saw that he had slipped out she trembled like stone with which to defend myself! Off! Begone, sir!" a leaf in the wind. Sile expected every moment to h ear a Three of them sprang at him like hungry wolves. Two gun shot. buried their teeth in his legs, Bang! The third one h e seized by the ears, and swung him like a girls gave a scream fell into each other's arms, and club abov \ his head, bringlqg him down on one of the others burst into an uncontrollable fit of weeping. with such force as to almost kill both. They belieV'ed he had been shot by one of the sentries, and The other released his hold and stood at bay, the two lying every moment expected to see him brought in dead or dying. helpless the ground uttering cries of pain. The guards rushed to the spot to find out the cause of "Hi, dar! Who dat er hittin' dem dogs!" cried a negro, the shot. coming out to the fence. "I halted a man," said the s entry who fired, "and as he did "Call 'em o'ff or I'll kill 'em!" said the corporal. not respond I fired at him. I don't know whether I hit him "Heah, Mose! You, Tige! Come heah, Buck!" and the or not." negro came over the fence to call off the dogs. Did dey bite The officer of the guard called for lights; they were brought, yous e, Marsa ?" and a search was made. "Yes-two,of them did," said the corporal, determined to Nothing was found, and the officer doubted that the sentry play on the negro's sympathies. ad s een anybody. "I'S'e mighty sorry, marsa, said the negro. "Dem ar dogs "I am sure that I did, captain," said the soldier. am de wustus' dogs I ebber did see. Dat fool .nigger Remus "It is too dark for you to see a man unless he were very done gon e an' lef ; 'em, an' dey s mad all de time. I nebber see close to you sich dogs." "Still I saw him," persisted the sentry. "Remus! Did you say Remus?" "I've no doubt you think so," said the offic er, "but I think "Yes, sah! He done gone an' run'd erway, an' de dogs ain't you were mistaken. You should be more careful in the fu neber bin good sense den, sah .. ture," and he went back to his quarters, growling over the "Who is Remus?" fact that an interesting game of cards had been needlessly in "He am my son, sah!" terrupted. "Do you know where he is?" An hour later the corporal of the guard went through the "No, sah-1 doan't fo' er fac'." hospital and made the discovery that one of the cots were "Well, I do." empty. "Eh! Youse know dat?"


. UP FROM '11HE RANKS. 13 "Yes; he is with the Yankee army." When at a safe distadce in the darkness he stopped and "Eh! T'ank de good Lor'! Afo' God, ma rsa, I done fo'got listened. wha' I say!" "Yes, He was with me. I am a Yankee soldier, trying to get back to my people. Remus is a young man about my own size, very black, and has had the end of his little finger cut off-so you know that I am telling you the truth." "Yes, sah! Bress de Lor'!" and old negro's emotion was evinced by the tremor of his voice. "Well, help me to hide from the soldiers till to morrow night, and I'll see that good shall come to you some day." "Yes, sah I'll do dat, sah. I'st> .er gwine ter kill dem dogs, shuah." "Never mind the dogs. They did what dogs believe they "Who are you?" he heard the sentry ask. "I'se er nigger, marsa," replied Old Ned, in trembling tones. "Yer are, eh?" "Yes, sah." "Well, where are yer gwine at this time o' night?" "I'se gwine ober ter see Brer Jones, sah." "Gwine ter see Brer Jones, eh? Waal, come along with me, an' I'll show you Brer Smith," and he heard them moving away through the bushes. He followed and soon cam e in sight of a little camp-fire in a hollow, around which sat a score of Confederate soldiers. He saw the old negro in their midst by the light of the are kept for. Show me to some good hiding-place, and that camp-fire, and heard them questioning him as to where he is all r want." was going. The old darky, though V!=JrY much frightened, kept The old negro tool< him by the hand and led him inside the yard, and round to the third cabin in the rear of the house. There he opened the door and groped his way inside. Herbert h .eard' whisperings in the further end, and knew that the old darky was confering with his wife. In a few minutes the old man was leading him by the hand into the dark recesses of the cabin till they struck a ladder. "Go on dar, marsa,'' whispered the old man, "an' Callin e '11 brung youse er quilt an' er piller." "Give me some water, please." "Yes, sah," and in a few moments an old-fashioned Virginia gourd was placed in his hands. He drank his fill, and then crawled upstairs, or rather, up the .little ladder to the little loft under the roof ot -the cabin. There he laid down in his wet clothes, glad to find even such a shelter. He was suffering no end of pain from the wounds made by the dogs. But he did not COJllplain. He knew it would be of no use. In a little while the old man brought up pillow for his use. These he used for a bed, while was soundly sleeping. a quilt and a and in a little When he awoke it was near noon time. The old negro had crawled up in the loft and brought him some food. His wife had also made a decoction of herbs with which to bathe his dog-teeth wounds. The decoction when applied to the sores came near making him go mad with pain,; but in five minutes he was easy again. All the soreness was gone. During the day a squadron of Confed erate cavalry came by and halted at the gate. Two soldiers came into the cabin to inquire for the overseer, who was absent at the time. They went away, and an hour later a detachment of the famous Black Horse Cavalry came by. He heard one of the negroes say that Marse Cay'en St. Clair's company was er going by, and he was almost tempted to write a note and. send it to the gallant officer, asking his protection for Mary Holmes and Winnie, whom he had left behind in the hospital. But the cavalry passed on and the chance went with it. The day waned, and the stars pame out again. Old Ned, Remus' father, Pl)t up a roasted chicken for him, and started out with him to pilot the way to the cabin of a negro preacher eight miles away. He said that the preacher would do the rt>st for him. They started out, Old Ned in the lead, and, following a cattle path, had gone several miles through the woods, when they were !jpddenly halted. "De Loi' sabe gasped Old Ned, coming to a halt. Quick as a flash Herbert glided off to the left, knowing that the negro would hold the -of the sentry. his secret like a first-class freemason. He was listening to catch every word that was uttered, when he was startled by feeling a heavy and strong hand on his shoulder, and heard: "Move and you die!" "'l"t CHAPTER X. THE NIGHT IN THE WOODS. The sudden attack was so entirely unexpected that, for a moment or two the corporal was taken completely unawares. He could not teli in tl:ie darkness wh ether his assailant was a soldier or not. But he had no time to make any explana tions. To once more fall into the hands of the enemy was not to be thought of, so he determined to fre e himself or die in the attempt. He wheeled on his assailant, and clenched with him. The unknown was a powerful ipan in physique. The corporal was weakened from his rec ent wounds and the privations he had endred during the four and twenty .,hours. He groaned i_n despair when the truU'l flashed through his mind that he was being overpowered. Suddenly his hand in contact with his assailant'1 re volver, which was still in his belt. He drew it, cocked and fired it with one hand, and the man gave a groan and sank to the ground. The shot caused those at the campfire to rush toward the spot. But the corporal bad deeper into the Woods and kept out of their way. He had no idea of becoming a prisoner again if he could help it. "They've got the old negro,' he said to himself, as be made his way through t)le busht>s. ''I'll have to do the best I can without him. But it is so dark in these woods that I can't tell which way I am going. I may be going in the direc tion of Richmond, for all I know. But as long as I am free I am all right." He had lost the rations which the oltl negro's wife had put up for him. But he felt that the revolver with only one cham ber empty was more thaJJ. a fair exchange for him. In the dense woods he could see no' light in any direction by which he could be guided, yet he knew tl).at ii he kept going in one direction he would strike a road or a farm, for be was not in an unsettlejl part of the world. Acting on that idea, he pushed his way through the bushes for two hours till he struck a fence and an open spac13 beyond it


UP FROM THE RANKS. It was a field. He climbed the fence and walked a little di stanc e s o as to be out of the shMow of the trees. Then he stopped and lookt!d up at the stars. "Ah, there's the No.rth Star! he exclaim ed. "I was going the wrong way," and he started off again the right direc tion. In a little while he saw a light ahead. "A farmhouse," he muttered, "and secesh at that. I don't want to meet any more of them till I get back to my com pany. He struck a road, and as it ran in the right direction, he de c ided to follow it, as by so doing he c ould make good time. Another light came into view. It was a farmhouse near the roadside. He heard a violin and banjo, then the thumping nois e made by the feet of coun try dancers. They ar9' having a dance there, he said. I'll get by with out being seen, I guess," and he was doing so when be foitild over a dozen horses hitc h e d to th e fence in front of the house. Going c autiously up to one of them h e made the disc overy that they were horses belonging to the Confederate servic'e. Ah! Some Secesh cavalry have stopped here to have a danc e with the women folks," b e muttered. I ll pi ck out a good horse for my se lf and not do so much walking. Ah, h e re s a good ho rse. with blanket and holster s He fill suit and he Jed the horse gently away up the road for half a mile ere he mounted him. '\' "I have thre e revol vers now ," he said as he found one in e a c h holster "A pretty good armament, I s hould s ay Yet I hope I won't have to u s e any of them before l get ba ck to ca mp." He rod e s om e twenty mil es or mo re a nll the n found that daylight wa s c oming on. I mu s t take to the woods and s l ee p duri n g th e day he said and in a little while he turned into a very heavy pie c e of t imber and went a quarteio of a mile ere he fQund a s pot w here be thought It woui'd be safe for him to s top for the day. It ':Vas near a s mall brook where there were both water and grass for the H e tied him with a halt"-r be found on him, and then takmg a drink of wat'er un r olled th e blantrnt which he had found attac hed to the saddle. To hi s amaz ement he found a new uniform suit o f Con f ederate gray rolled up in It-the uniform of a Confed erate c aptain. "Well this is lu ck and no mistake! be said as he looked at the new suit before h i m "With that on I c ould ride right tbl'ough the C&nfed erate c amp s But I'd be shot a s a spy if they caught me He at the uniform for s om e minutes as If unde c ided what to do. 'What's the u s e of staying hidden here in these wood s all day? he asked him s elf. I might b e able to get to the Union Jines bef-0re _sunset if I lrnt them on and rode boldly for ward I'll try 'em on and so e if they will fit roe." He threw off his own coat and began to put on tbe gray one. To his surprise he found a l'etter in the in s id e breast pocket. Taking il out he found it addressiid to C a p t ain St. Clair of the Bla c k Horse Cavalry and that it had been opened. It was a letter from h i s sister In which sh e spoke of the n e w uniform which she was s ending to him. "What a strange c oinciden ce!" be ex c laim e d as b e looked at the Jetter "The only man in gray who has s hown me apy kindness, and to whom my sister and Mary Holmes may have to appeal for And I hav e st&len hill bttr!ll,i, uni form and pi s tols! Stol en! Is i t r ea ll y s tealing ? If I thought so I would take it bac k eyen if I lost my liberty again. It i s one of the exigencies of war, and I am justified In taking it as mu c h as if it had been on a battlefield. What a sweet, sisterly letter this is, ' and' he read it over again. The coat fitted him admirably, and so did the vest and trousers. I 'll put them on," he said, "and roll mine up in the blanket. I'll take the chances of capture. He's a splendid horse, and with three revolvers I ought to be able to take care of mysclt" He was soon resplendent in the new uniform, looking eve1y inch a solgier of the South. H e laid down and slept two hours, leaving the horse to graze as far as the length of his halter would permit. When he awoke he bathed his face swallowed a good drink of the brook water, after which he pro c eeded to roll up the blanket and strap it to the cantel of the saddle. Now for the forlorn hope, my good charger," he Sllid to hi s horse; aS"' he sprang into the saddle. Th ho1sii was thoroughly rested, and had eaten a good breakfas t of gree n grass But the corporal himself wa s ver y llllngry yet he was not worried on that a c c1lunt in the least He made a dash for the road and soon rea c hed it. Turning northward he made off in a brisk canter. Two miles brought him in sight of a farmbouse He smelt the savory odors of ham and eggs or thought he did apyway, and in an instant he de c ided to ask If he c ould have som ething to eat. The moment he stopped in front of the gate a white-haired old man appeared at the door of the houli'e. Can I get s ome b1" eakfast? he a s ked of the old man Yes, o f cour se you caq-such a s we have Lii;ht aq' com e in." He sprang from the sad

UP FROM THE RA KS. 15 that I was not a man that I might go into.the army witb our rather sudden while we were at breakfast It is one of the brave boys. cas ualties of war. "Come in to breakfast, si r ... said U1e old man, reappeJ\,ring "So it i s What command do you belong to?" at that moment. "Special se rvice and under c ommand of the general of th e CHAPTER XI. I RESCUED AT LAST. The corporal turned to follow his host when the thought struck him that b e ought to give a name by which he might be known. clE:partment." "Well, you can come with ns. We'Jl see that you a1e taken care of." Isabelle Renfro's face was white a s a sheet as she looked Qn and listened. She had been told that prisoners were treated brutally by the Union forces. The Union officers were all impres s ect by her beauty, and showed her so deferenc e that she was n eve r so mu c h surprised in heri life. I "You won't kill him?'" she asked of the officet in command "Permit me to give you my name, sir," he said, coming to a halt. I am Captain Banning, of Richmond, special ser Ob, no. We ll take him to Washington introduce him to the President and feed him on quail and champagne all the time. We are very good to our prisoners." '' Ob, I am so glad. I heard you were very cruel to them.'' vice." "Very glad to know you, captain," said the host. "My name "Then you heard wrong, I can assure you ," said th e officer He a very profound bow to the young girl and ten keeping a very straight fa ce, while the others were convulsed is Renfro, and this is my daughter Isabelle." d ered bis arm to lead her into the breakfast room. with suppressed laughter. He was to the other t;;o daughters, who were . They led the prisoner out of the house and were followed by not less beautiful than their elder su>ter. the tearful gaze of Isabelle Renfro who had fallen in love Being very hungry and ftl a great hurry, be ate and with him at first sight. heartily. Out of sight of the house the corporal told the 'major in I am sorry you cannot stop with us longer," said the command of the squadron of horse that he was a Union sol host. dier. "Yes, so am I," be replied. "But on my return I should be happy to accept your hospitality for a night." "Th e deuce you are!" "Yes/' "What are you doing in that uniform then?" We should be ever so glad to have you do so," said Isabelle. They were just rising from the table when the roar of a squadron of hors e was heard. "I am an escaped prisoner," and then having told his QXCitestory, he showed him the suit of blue which was rolled up in the blanket. A negress rushed into th e room in a state of great ment. Massa, de Yankees am er comin'!" Oh, heavens! cried Isabelle Renfro, tuming to the cor poral, "you may be captured r killed!" "Well, I hope it Is true. I have heard of Corporal Herbert, and of Fort Corporal Herbert," said the major, "but as yet I have no proof that what yo_ u have told me is true. I must keep you under guard till you are identified by some of your I don't fear b,!ling killed," h e said, hardly able to conceal bis joy. "They don't kill prisoners of war nowadays. command." "Come with me, quick!" she cried, seizing him by the "Of course. Which way are we going now?" hand and rushing upstairs with him. "I can hide you in "We are making a circuit of the rebel army, and may get the garret, where they can't find you." .r back home to-night or to-morrow morning .. He was surprised at her errergy and strength, and ere he "Well, let me be of some service to you anyhow." was hardly aware of what she was d<>ing, she was trying to "Keep right where you are. We have all the help we get him to go up a very narrow !fight of stairs into a dark want." garret. 'The major was not sure that his story was true, so he decid It is of no use, Miss Renfro," he said, shaking his bead; ed to keep on the safe side hims elf, which showed good sense "They have my horse now out at the gate, anc;l. wiU search on his part. every nook and cranny in the house for me. If they find They made a hard run that day and the corporal, still in that you have bidden me ther will fire the house to rout me the bright new udiform of a Confederate c aptain, kept well Qut. I won't consent to bring trouble on you that way." up with them, with a guard on either side of him. "We will take the chances on that," she said. "Do please Several times during the day did they run into and scatter go up! I wouldn't have them catch you hef'e for anything," small bands of the enemy and at s .unset found that they and she tried to force him up the stairs by pushing him. were pursued by a formidable body of cavalry under Stewart. He turned and took her in his arms, lifted her clear of "That means that we must hurry back to our own lines as the floor and started downstafrs with her, saying: as we can," said the major to the officers about him. "You are beautiful enough to temt>t a map. to sell his "Stewart is too strong for us. H won't do to let him cotire up soul, but you can't p ersuade me to bring trouble upon your with us. We can get away under the cover of night." father in his old age." The order was given and a straight run ,was made to get "Oh, you perverse man! They may kill you right before away from the formidable enemy behind them. ( our eyes." It was a hard run, but a little JlllSt midnight they had the "I alll not afraid of that. This is a different age. from those of being challenged by the pickets of the Union in which such things were done by English-speaking people," army. and he carri'ed tier down the 1 11ight of stairs again, -into the God!" exclaimed the corporal, when he saw that he parlor, where a dozen Union soldiers, all officers, had con I was once more insid e the lines of the Union forces. gregated, and there stood her on her feet. But the guards kept of him until morning. Then Ah! You are a prisoner, sir!" said a Union officer, hiying be asked to be taken to bis r'egiment to be identifled. a hand on bis shoulder. I He still wore the Confederate Mniform, and was an object ''Ye&. t.b.a.t is urett.Y Plain." ll.e replied "You cal!le UD, iutenegt to tbowwndso of the bnvso in hl1U> "Q,..t wh.en


16 UP FROM THE RANKS. Major Coombs saw him he ran forward, threw his arms around_ his neck saying: "My d ear captain! I am so glad to see you again!" "Hello! It's Captain Herbert! cried another soldier, who recognized him. "Why, bless my -soul, captain!" cried the colonel of the regiment. "What are you doing in Jeff Davis' uniform?" "Why, I captured it, colonel," he repli ed. I've been down in Dixie, you know, and one can't well get along down there in a blue rig, so I confiscated this suit. How does it fit?" and he turned around or three times to let him admire the n ew suit. "It will do for a rebel captain, but not a Union officer," re marked the "Well, as I am only a corporal it won't hurt me any. have my old suit with me yet." "Do you know you are no longer a corporal?" "No!" word to him, and then resumed the conversation with one of the guards. Risley was almost crazy to hear from Mary who had refused to come away with him when the army mad e the sudden move that left the wounded men in the hospital at the mercy of the enemy. Herbert knew it, and did not make any mention of the two girls. At last he could stand it no longer. He came forward and asked: "Where did you leave Miss Holmes?" "Right where you left her, captain,'' he replied. 'rhe captain blushed and said: "I tried to persuad e her to come away, but could not." "So she told me; but she isn't built that way. She came to nurse the wounded, and not to desert them in a time or danger. "True blue every time," remarked one of the boys "Indeed she is. She shot a Confederate captain right there "You are now a captain. I have your commission for you." in the tent." "Good! Did she kill him?" CHAPTER XII. PROMOTED. Had the earth opened to swallow him up, he 1 could not have been surprised than he was when the colonel told him 4 .ad been made a captain. He stareil ... 1, him in silence for a moment or two, and then asked: "Are you :1Jfking me, colonel?" "No, I am telling you a bit of pleasant news,'' replied the colonel. "You have been promoted to second and first lieuten ant, and then made a full-fledged captain for gailant conduct in battle Let me congratulate you, and he took his hand and shook it heartily. "Well this is something I didn t dream of," he said, and he shook hands with all the officers about him. When the Dover Guards h eard that he had come back with the raiders they rushed in a body to welcome him. Such a greeting as they gave him! Som e of them fell on his neck and wept. They were tb,os e who stood by him in Fort Corporal Herbert when death was busy in their ranks. Lieutenant Joslyn of the guards came forward and shook hands with him, saying: "No. She hit him in the shoulder and h e was lying up in a farmhouse near by when I left." Three c heers for Mary! cried one of the boys, and the v.hole,company let it out with a roar. "But your sist;,er was there, too." "Yes, and is Y'et, I guess." "What is to become of them?" "I don't know. I would like to lead a regiment to their rescue and the brave boys who are y e t lying there on their backs. But the flrst duty of a soldier is to obey ord ers." Again Captain Risley turn: ed red in the face, and he wheeled and left the spot. That remark always angered him when uttered in his pre:s ence, as he always took it as a personal allusion. Th e company understood it, and a smile went found The Confederate uniform was laid aside, and the old one of corporal was donned. The bullet boles were there to show the wounds that had been made and when he reported to the general of the army, commission in hand, that officer took him by the hand and said: "I am glad to meet a brave soldier who knows what to do when he meets the enemy. You seemed to have the correct idea-fight him wh en you see him. "Why, I thought that is what we c am e here for. "Yes so It is, but sometimes men don't want to fight except when the chances are all in their favor." "You have gone up ah e ad of me, captain but I am glad of it, "Well if you tell m e to fight I'll flght If you tell me to for if ever any man dese rved promotion it ls you. You have run, I'll obey ord ers." fairly won it." "That's right. That's a soldier's first duty-obey orders "I thank you from the bottom of my heart, lieutenant," he even unto death. Th e adjutant-general will assign you to a said as he s 'hook his hand1 "But wher.e is the company I company am to coni.mand The adjutant assigned him to a company in which he was One ls to be given you in another regiment, I believe,'' put the youngest man in the regiment. Many of the men wer e in th e colonel. old enough to be his father, and they looked at him in aston "Well, I am so .rry I can't stay with the guards." "Yes, of course, but you know what the duty of a soldier is." "Yes, to obey orders." \ "That's it. You are to report to the general who will assign you where you can soon see some more fighting." He went to the of the guards, and there found out that two more of them had been killed in the battle, the roar of which he had heard as he lay in the hospital tent. One of them was a personal friend, and the sad news made him t'eel gloomy. "Who next?" hesaid when the story had been told him. "Who next?" they repeated. Captain Risley met ,him and saluted, but did not ofl'er his r .and to him. Herbert returned the salute without uttering a ishment. "He has won his spurs," said the adjutant. "He has been in battle and had three wounds to stand up und er. Stand by him, and you will get all the fighting you want." That was commendation enough. They received him with open arms, and he soon found out that they were men who had come to flgbt for the Union ar:d the old flag In ten days the new regiment was organized and s ent to the front. Captain Herbert's company was at the head In another week an advance was ordered. Captain Herbert told his men that under all circumstances they must obey orders and they said they would. Two days later they were attacked by the enemy. The


UP FROM THE RANKS. l"t new regiment was exposed to an awfully destructive fire and I selves when they heard it. They began to think that Captain suffered terribly. Risley had some fight in him after all. Yet they heartil:;. Suddenly it gave way. wished for Captain Herbert to be with them in th e desperate "Steady, men! cried Herbert to his men, and they ralliea dash. about the colors and held the ground till a brigade rushed The brigade was lying in the shelter of a thick woods up to their assistance. waiting for the order to move. The division commander had It was a lucky thing for the company that the brigade came sent it there for the purpose of me eting an emergency which up, for a rebel brigade charged at that moment and was he foresaw might arise. The position of the brigade was repulsed. I unknown to the enemy, and the great point was to keep it They rallied and charged again, antl this time they crossed unknown until the time to strike came. bayonets. 1 The battle was going furiously on, and the brave fellows Captain Herbert saw and recognized paptain Boland, whom of the brigade were eager and impatient to get into it ana Mary Holmes had wounded in the shoulder. strike a blow for flag and country. "Captain Boland!" he cried out, "I know you for a cow-It was at this point that Captain Risley lost his head in ardly poltroon! Defend yourself! and in an'other instant he his eagerness to accomplish two things-to rescue Mary had crossed swords with him. Holmes by a bold dash, and distinguish himself by the dash. They fought like tigers, for the Confederate was as brave He believed that the brigade was near enough not only to as the bravest, for all his brutality. Blood flowed from both, witness the feat, but to render prompt assistance if any should and it was uncertain wbich would win, when a shiil! scream b(j needed. startled them from above the roar of the battle, and a young Suddenly he gave. the order. girl came rushing, with outstretched hands, tow:ard the "Charge!" Union captain. 1 The two companies understood that he was to give the order, and in a flash they were up and away like the brave fellows they were. But one of those strange fatalities that sometimes occur on CHAPTER XIII. battlefields immediately followed. THE FATAL BUJ .NDEH. The advance of the Union army had forced the enemy to fall back until he thought he had an adantageous position from which to give battle. That position was in the vicinity of Fort Corporal Herbert, and the hospital tent from which the two brave Yankee girls had aided the gallant corporal to make his escape was in sight of the Union lines at one point. Captain Herbert had seen the tent, and his heart yearned to make a dash < for the rescue of his comrades and the two girls. But he could not do so, as the line of battle would have been Captain Risley also saw anCi recognized the t'ent and hos pital flag. The brigade to which he was attached was ordered to make a detour through t.he woods and come out in the rear of the enemy's right flank, which would be in the Tlclnity of the tent. He went to the colonel of t.)le regiment and said: "That hospital tent out there shelters a number of wounded men b0e longing to my company. They are prisoners, as are also two young ladies of our town, who ar e nursing them. I would like to make a dash to rescue them. My men are eager for the chance. I beg l of you to let me have the honor The other. companies of the regiment, thinking the order had been given to charge, seeing two companies going pell mell at the enemy, sprang forward, regardless of the yells of their officers. The general rocje furiously down the line to the colonel and demanded: "What do you mean by this?" Pale and dazed, the colonel replied: "I don't know! I gave no ord er to charge!" and he dashed away to do his best to order the men back. But they were intent on getting at the enemy. Major Coombs was doing his best to call them back, but only a few heard and obeyed. On, on, swept the brave boys toward the hospital tent, going round a hill in their grand charge. In another minute or two they were at the tent. But no wounded were there. Neither were the two girls. "Th ey are not here, boys!" cried Captain Risley. "Come away! We must get back to our lines! Keep well together now!" They turned to retrace their steps, only to find that a united enemy had slipped round the hill behind them ahd cut ofl' their retreat. A whole brigade of the enemy confronted them. of doing so." "Surrender!'' cried an officer, dashing forward at the head j "How many men will you ne.ed for the dash, captain?" th e of his men. colonel asked. Captain Risley was appalled. He had never before been so 'Two companies will be enough, I think." close to the enemy, "That would be very dangerous." He was about to throw down his sword i token of sur"The. danger is what we court, col01g1J. They are the render, when one of the members of his company fired and the brave fellows who fought in Fort Corporal Herbert, and we officer tumbled from his horse. fe el that we ought to do something to rescue them." That was the signal for the enemy, and a withering volley "Do you know that they are still there?" was poured into the Union ranks. Nearly a third went down "I only know that Corporal Herb.ert left them there when under it. he made his escape, and I see the hospital flag flying over it." Risley was paralyzed with horror. But the brave fellows "Well, wait till I give the order, and then go in. Keep your around him returned the fire and many of the enemy bit the I company and the next on e on your left in readiness to rush dust. in at the word." j It was an unequal contest, h?wever, and the result _was .that He came away and held a conference with Captain Blake, ot I not a man of the two compames got back to the Umon Imes the other company, and both officers told their men what they 1 Those not killed or wounded surrendered, throwing down were going to do. their arms and crying for quarter. The' bo.v.s of. the 'Oo'll'e:r Gwir.Dfi be>il.dJ?. t.l:urro1 T.Jsilf 9 lurndr.ed men belonginl! to other. <:>.omo11n.i10S1 of th"'


18 UP FROM THE RANKS. regiment were also captured. The colonel and Major Coombs barely escaped with their lives. Then came the fatality of the movem.mt In the counter move of the enemy. A division swept the brigade from the woods and threatened the Union flank, to save which the general in command had to maka moves that lost him a great victory, which he would have gained without doubt had the presence of the brigade been kept concealed from the enemy .an hour longer. But wh era were the brave who bad been in that hos-pital? They had been moved away the day before, and the two girls sought refuge in a farmhouse near by. The wounded from the field were brought to the house, and the farm er threatened to have the two girls shot as spies if they did not nurse the wounded Confederates as they came in. "Oh, Winnie," cried Mary, our nw boys are being wound ed, too, and we are nursing their en emies. I am going to them if I get shot myself," and she turned and ran out of the house. Winnie followed her and the two girls were soon in the way Qf moving masses of the enemy. "Qo back! You will be killed!" cried many of the soldiers, who took them to be Southern women. But would not go back. They saw tbe beloved tlag of the Union only a half mile away, where the 'brave boyi,i in l;llue were d,efending it with their lives, and to get tb.ere they were willing to risk everything. Suddenly they heard a terrific roar behind them, and on looking back beheld a sight that sent terror to their heal'ts. The Black Horse Cavalry was coming, eight hundred strong, the finest mounted command in the Southern army. They were coming like a thunderbolt. "Oh, my God, we are lost!" cried Winnie, almost paralyzed witll.1 horror. Mary Holmes sprang for a tree, knowing that horses would not run over that. The storm of men and horses swept by, and In five minutes she was behind them. But where was Winnie Herbert? She looked everywhere for her. But she could not see any thing of her. "Oh, Winnie! Winnie! she sobbed. "You have perished, and I am..Jeft alone! They must have trampled you into the very earth! Oh, if I could have died with you! Why did you not come behind the tree with me?" Dazed and half-crazed at the sudden calamity which had overtaken her fair friend, Mary ran on toward the Union lines as fast as her heels could carry her. In ten minutes she reached them, and then she saw a line of gray charge up against the blue. Somehow she had lost all fear now that she was under the old fiag again. "Stand by the old flag, men!" she cried, and her !lushed face, fiasblng eyes, and great beauty forth ch'eer after cheer from the boys in blue. Suddenly shesaw two oftic'ers in a sword combat. It was Corporal Herbert in the uniform of a captain for the l,Jnion, and Captain Boland, whom she had shot in hospital! CHAPTER XIV A LIFE FOR A LIFE. When Captain Her'bert saw young rushitiS toward him shrieking, his attention drawn toward her. for tbe moment. It came near costing him his life, for the captain got the lock on his sword and burled it from his hand. It whizzed through the air and fell at Mary Holmes' feet. In trying to leap back out of his reach Herbert's heels struck a dead body, and the next moment he was lying tla.t on his back at the mercy of his enemy. Boland rus. hed at him to run him through. Mary Holmes snatched up the sword }Vhicb had fallen at her feet, and rushed upon the Conf ederate officer and ran it through his body clear up to the hilt. Boland grasped the weapon with both hands and fell I to his knees. She held to the hilt, and glared Into his face, as if a fierce fascination held her th ere. "My God, Mary!" cried Herbert, springing to his fet>t. "Is it you?" ''Yes," she answered, releasing her bold on the sword hilt, and promptly fainting-woman like. Just at that moment the enemy fen back. The charge was a failure, so far as driving the Unio n line blick was concerned. The Union line remained unbroken, but they did not follow the enemy back, as too great interests In other parts of the field would have been endangered thereby. Herbert was left free for the time to attend to the brave girl who had saved his life in the battle. She was'still unconscious, and he held her in his arms. The men of his command had not heard of her, and did not krlow what to make of h er sudden appearance there. "Let me carry 'Iler for you, cap'n," said one of his men. "Bring me some water," he asked, gently depositing her on the 1round. The soldier went to a score of men el"e he found one who had any water in bis canteen. He brought It to him and Herbert poured some at it tn her face. But it was warm water, and did no good. "Here's some brandy, captain," said an omcer, coming up and offering his caiiteen. "Is she wounded?" ''No. I .think she has only fainted. Tha[\k you, and he pou ed some of it down her throat. She opened her eyes and groaned. "You are not hurt, Mary?" he asked, In an tone of voice. "I-I don't know," she replied, in a half dazed s .ort of way. "I was afraid you would be killed." ''I am not hurt. You saved my life. It belongs to you from this hour. But where is Winnie? Where did you leave her?" "I don't know. The Black Horse Cavalry charged over her, a .nd I n ever saw her any more." "My God!" groaned turning deathly pale. "My poor sister! My poor moth er!" and he broke down entirely, a.nd wept like a woman. "Steady, men!" cried the colonel. "The enemy is coming again! M'eet charge with charge. Steady now! Repulse them once more, and the day Is ours!" \. "Mary Holmes!" cried Herbert, as he lifted the girl to her feet. "The enemy ts charging again! You must get away from here! I must stand with my men! I can't go with you!" "Never mind me!" she exclaimed, suddenly recovering herself. "Fight for y'our country!" 1 "Will you g-o away to the re11r?" "Let me stay here! You may be "In God's name run away!" he cried, and the next moment he ran forward, picked up a sword, a.nd placed himself with his m en. 1 "Give them a volley when they are in ten feet of you!" he sung out, "and then dash at 'em with the bayonet. Steady.


UP FROM THE. RANKS. 19 now! 1'he day is ours! They are making their last ettort! sprang forward, grasped the young lieuttin.ant's hand and Now! Fire!" said: The volley mowed down the front ranks of the. enemy, and "You a11e a soldier. You have the face and manner of a demoralized the rear they came two deep. brave man and a brave man is always a generous man She "At 'em, men! Give 'em cold steel!" for whom I am searching is my young and only sister. Shti The men dashed at them, and the whole regiment did t)le is pure and good. I love her even as you love your own same thing. In just two minutes after the Tolley the enemy sister, if you have one. Need l appeal to you in vain to see, in front gave way. when r you return to your lines, if she is safe and unhurt? .. The yells of the regiment encouraged the others, and the "There is my hand-the hand of a soldier I give you my chaq;e was repulsed. It was the only part of the Union line promise of honor that I will go to the headquarters of the on which the enemy failed to make an impression. Black itors e Cavalry and inquire for her The day closed with a drawn battle which should have been "Thanks. I could ask no more My name is Herbert Hers a decisive victory for the Union. The fatal mistake made by is Winnie Herbert. I was a corporal when she saw me last. the charge on the hospital tent by Captain Risley had robbed Tell her I am a captain now, and that Mary Holmes is in our them of the victory. lines safe and Tell her that Captain St. Clair of the Both armies drew off to wait for another day in which to teBlack Horse Cavalry, if aliV'e, will befriend her." new the battle. Under the light of the moon burial parties "He is alive-or was a day or two ago said the yong from both sides attended to the dead and wounded. officer. "I heard s ome officers speak of hltn as being in a Thousands had fallen. Groans and cries could be heard in fair way for promotion." every direction. "I am glad to J'iear it. He is a brave man and a gentleroa n As the burial squads went out between t\}e lines Captain Give me your name, please?" Herbert went in sear c h of the colonel of' bis regiment to ask Lieutenant Balfour of Virginia Ninth Regiment." permission to go with them to look for his sister. "I hope we may meet again when we can shake baJldS as He found that the coloU'el had been killed and the lieutenfriends not enemies lieutenant." ant-colonel desperately wounded. The major was in command "Thanks. I hope so, too, captain." of the regiment. To him he told the storr of hifl sister and '!;'he two officers then shook hands and parted. Mary Holmes, and ot their pres e nce on Captain Herbert hurri'ed back to his command, belieT\ng 'You have won a name to day said ,the major that Winnie was 1 alive and safe .. The general has asked for you. He says..iyou did .-more than "She was snatched up by some officer to save her from any company officer in the brigade to hold the line to-day. be\ng trampled to death," he said to himself as he hurried Of cours e you can go out in search of your sister, and I along over the bloody field. "Sh e was in their way Mary hope you may find h e r well and unhurt." c ould see nothing of her after the charge and the story of The young captain hurried away to the battlefield The Lieutenant Balfour c orroborates all the other incjdenti;. I rays of the moon c ame through the gray smoke that hung must see Mary and tell her what I have h eard. She will be so over the baitlefield like a mist. Yet there was light enoqth glad to have that much hope even." for him to see the forms of the dead and wounded. He did But where was Mary Holmes? not stop to attend to any who called piteously to him. He wa s I He had parted from her just before joining his men to too anxious to think of anyone else at that moment. \ rep e1 the last desperate charge of the e11e1Jly. 'Wltere did The course of the Black Horse Cavalry was quite familiar to she go when he told her to run out of tne way to danger? him, as he had seen that magnilicent body sweep over a por Every house for' miles around was filled with wounded so-I-lion of the field. diers. Where could she find shelter under such circumTo that part of the ground he repaired at once. stances? '.I'he un certainty was, now on her account rathe r But the scrutiny of his anxious gaze did not reveal ,to him than on the account of his sister. any signs of a woman's dress. When he r e ached his command again he found one or his 'Oh, if she did escape it was by a miracle!" he said, as men on watch fo1;-him. The man saluted him. he stopped an-d wiped the perspiration from his1 brow. "l Give me your hand c omrade, he said to the man, instead hope the miracle was performed. She is too brave, true, and of returning the salute. "Give me your hand? You stood by loving to perish that way me today in a way I like and the two clasped hands and In wandering about over the track of the cavalry charge looked each other in the face. They had faced death together, he met a burial squad of the enemy. and were now \1iends until d eath should part them. He walked boldly up to them and asked: "I've been waiting to tell you where the youns lady i s "Have you seen the body of a young girl anywhere on the ,captain. field?" "Ah that Is what I want to know, my friend. Where is "A young girl!" exclaimed several in astonishment. she?" "Yes. She was caught In the charge of the :Black Horse "Come with me." Cavalry, since which time she has not been seen." The captain followed him to a laq;e fielq hospital. "HaTen't seen her," cam e from several or the party. Ther e she was assisting the surgeons in binding up the I think I can give you some news of her," said a young ghastly wounds of the brave men who bad been torn by !iflot officer, stepping forward. "There is a report in our army and shell. to-night that an ofticer of" the Black Horse pavalry was seen He gazed at her in silence for a few I)linutes, anq tllen went fighting at the head of his company while holding a young up and touched her elbow. lady in his arms on his hor!fe." She looked around, and gave a start when she &aw \vho. he CHAJ'TER XV. 4l' TER TJIE BA'j.'TL't). The words of the young 8mcer filled hi s heart with a. hope 'that s h e y e t liv e d even though In the camp of the enemy. He was. "Thank God, you are not hurt!" she exc)ahped. 'I am not hurt," he said grasping her hand. "I have come to tell you that Winnie is not, either, In all probability." "Oh, thank heaven for that!" she cried, fallin5 wttll emotions (>f. joy. H e'-toia = her tlf& sto ry.


., 20 UP FROM THE RANKS. "She rode at the head of the charge against our lines," he glass. Water will be here soon. Ah! Here comes Remus said, "held on the horse by some brave officer. What an adnow." venture for one so young!" "'Yes, indeed! Oh, how glad I am that she is alive!" and she buried her face in her hands and burst Into tears. "All's well that ends well," he said. "Control yourself for the sake of thes e brave fellows around you." "I will! I will!" she said, wiping away her tears and trying to smile. But he could see that her physical powers had been taxed almost to their limit. She had not closed her eyes fer more than forty-eight hours, and had eaten but two scant meals dur ing that time. "MM'Y Holmes, I owe you my life," he said, "and now I am going to look out and save yours. Come with me. You have got to have both food and rest or you will perish. Come right along now. I am an officer who must be obeyed, and he took her by the arm and led her away from the hospital. 1 He led her back to his camp and sent one of his men to the baggage train for his tent. Fortunately he got it, and a half hour later it was pitched, blankets procured, also some rations, which she ate heartily. "Now lie down and sleep," he said. "I will guard the tent. You shall not be disturbed." "But you need sleep, too," sh e said. It is my desire to stand gUard over your slumbers tonight," he said. She said no more, and he passed out of the tent and left her alone. When she awoke at daylight, sh e found him on guard in front of the tent. "Have you been here all night?" she asked. 0Yes." "Why did you not let some of your men relieve you, if a guard was necessary?" "Because it was my private treasure, which I have no right to impose on the government Besides it was a pleasure to me to know that I was watching over you while you slept." A blush mantled her cheeks, and a happy light came into her eyes as she heard him thus speak of his interel5t in her. "I'll see that you have some breakfast," he said, after a little pause. "You will need some water, too. I don t know whether I can get you any, but I will s ee," and he went away without giving her a chance to protest against the trouble he was taking on himself. The boy Remus had clung to him through all his troubles and adventures. He ias with the company all night, and when he found him that morning he had his ration::; cooked r-eady for him. "Ah, Remus!" he said to the faithful black,' you were never more handy than you are this morning." 'Dat's er fac, sah," said the darky, not knowing what else to say. "Can you get me a pail of water?" "Yes, sah." "Well, do so as quick as you can, and I'll owe you more thanks than a lifetime can pay." The negro took a pail and hurried away In quest of water, while the captain pro<;ured a pocket-comb, glass, and brush, and carried them to the tent. "The, enemy fell back last night," he said to her. "We shall probably not have any fighting to-day. Do you know the whole army is singing your praisils this morning?" "Why, what for?" "Hundreds of men saw you run a Confederate officer through the body yesterday and now army correspondents are after you by the dozen. As they will describe your app ear ance in their papers, I have brought you a comb, brush1.and '"Yes, sah, heah I is," said Remus, as he put down the pail. "Now bring on the breakfast." "Yes, sah," and he hurried away to bring the rations. She primped and dressed her hair as best she could, and when she reappeared she was looking as sweet as ever. They were half through the meal, when a st;tff officer dashe d up on horseback, and asked: "'Are you Captain Herbert?" "I am." "This Is for you!" and he handed him a note, after which he saluted and dashed away again. He opened the note and read it. "I am promoted!" he exclaimed, as he hanqed it to her. C.fIAPTER XVI. THE BRAVE DAUl:lHTEH OJ!' THE JUDGE,. The note was from the general commanding the brigade, .informing him that as the colonel of his regiment was killed the lieutenant-colonel badly wounded, the major would have to take command, which left that position open for him "So you are to he major?" Mary asked, wh en she read the letter. 1Yes, and to act..::also as lieutenant-colonel until that officer gets able to return .10 the field." "And if he never returns?" "I would then take his plac e." "You would be the youngest colonel in the army, then. "I don't I know. I know tgat I would be proud to be one a anY, age, for tire sake of my mother and sister. "Yes, of course, for they are so very proud of you now and always have been. You deserve all the love they can give you." "I am not sure of that, but I am glad you have such a go9d opinion of me." "Oh, you don't know what I think of you! You have been like a real brother to me. What would have become of me last night if you had not brought me here? I was just ready to die of hunger and fatigue." "Do you feel all right this morning?" "Yes. I am ever so much refreshed. If I hatl Winnie with me now I would even be happy, it it were for one to be so under such circumstances. "If Winnie and you get togeth er again I want you both to go home as fast as the trains can take, you." "Do you want to get rid of us so mu c h as that?" "I want the satisfaction,,. of knowing that both of you are out of danger. Just think of what your moth e r and Winnie's must be suffering to-day. Ah, here comes the army corre spondents. Look out, now. They are going to publish what you say to them." Three correspondients came up and asked if she was the girl who fought with and slew a rebel cltptain the day before. She admitted that she was, and said that she was mor e afraid of newspaper men than of all the soldiers of the Con federacy. Then she told her story, modestly, and without any hesi tancy. "I didn't mean to do anything of the kind," she said. "I am not a fighting woman. I thought he was going to kill my fri end Captain Herbert, and to save his life I snatched up the sword and ran it through hi .m. Oh, it was horrible! I cannot understand the fate that has thrown me into the midst of a great battle. I aid not wish it. I did no s eek it. I was trying


I UP FROM THE RANKS. 21 to get away. And as soon as I can get with my sweeit 'I told Captain Risley that he could make the dash at that field friend, Captain sister, I am going home, unless cirhospital _when the order to was given a1nd not before cumstances over which I have no control should, keep me here -that gave the order himself, and the qthers followed All our boys from Dover are either dead or prisoners, s ave 'in the enthusiasm of the moment." Captain Herbert. It was a sau day for our people at home "Well, I don t see that they could have made any other de-yesterday." Ere she was through talking with the correspondents hun dreds of other soldiers came to gaze at her and pay her their reilPects The news of her exploi't had gone through the whole army. 1 The general of the c ame with his staff, and offe red her an escort to go wherever she wished. She said she wanted to go home as soon as Winnie Herbert could join her. At last the wife of the quartermaster-general came to see h er. You must remain with me until your friend turns up / she said, and Mary joyfully a cce pted her invitation. "Come with m e now then ," s aid the 'lady. "I. hav e but a few minutes to spare." She looked at Herbert as if to know what his wishes wer e. "Go, by all m e ans, said he. "I will know where to find you or where to send Winnie when she comes. "Yes,'' said the general's wife. Send her to me at once. What a peril for a young girl to be exposed to." Good-by," said Mary, extending her hand to Herbert. "Good-bY,," he said, pressing her hand tenderly. "Don't forget that my life is yours. She said nothing more, but turned away and went with the lady only too glad to get such protection as that !!'ood friend could give her. She had not been gone five minutes ere orders came for the divi&ion to move to a certain point to which the en emy was converging. Herbert went to his men and shook hands with every one saying: "I am to be your major, now, but I will keep my eye on you, and never for!\et that it was the backing you gave me that won my promotion. Lieutenant Jackson will now be your cisitm." "No, of course not. But it means s erious business for Risley when he is exchanged." "Yes. It means that he will be shot for disobedience of orders in the face of the enemy." "Yes." And h e ought to b 'e, too, for it was through him the day was lost, and a couple of hundred brave fellows killed, wounu ed, and captured. Major Coombs was captured, too. The colonel and he tjied to bring the boys back." that's what"""11e said on his trial. He said Major Coombs was as much astonished as he was when the boys mad e the dash. The major will tell Risley, if they are both alive and prison e rs, that he will be held responsible ,for the disaster. "Of course. The major would, no doubt, like to order his execution. He is a great dis ciplinarian." The two officers parted. Major Herbert r eturned to hi s post and the acting colonel went to see the brigade commander about the major's fears of a night attack by the enemy. The general did not think there was any danger. Our picket line is very strong," he said. They can't rush over it with impunity, as the firing would be too heavy for them. Yet if you wish to do so you can have your men sleep on their arms." And he did. But the enemy did not make the attempt that he was ex pected to make and the night r.assed away very quietly. A little after sunrise, howev er, the onset wa s made. It was a tremendous rush, and blood flowed liki water. They were r ep ul sed, but they came ba c k agam supported by the Black Hors e cavalry. Major Herbert' s men rec eived captain. Stand by him as you stood by me and you wm. all the brunt of it. win a name your country will be proud of. Just in front of him t h e hor se of a Confederate officer fell We ll do it, major! they all responded. "We'll push you under him. The gallant major rushed upon him and made up head yet." "Push the old flag forward and keep it the1 e," he said, "and we'll smash the Confederacy into a cocked hat before another year passes. They are good fighters over there, but we'll bleat them at it yet. The march began and in the afternoon they came up with the enemy and some hard fighting took place But Herbert' s regiment did not get in to it. When night came on the camp fires of both armies could be s een from a hill just beyond the Union lines. "We are too close to each other to avoid a fight, he said to the acting colonel of the regiment. "Yes, I was thinking as much myself, r eturned the colonel. "I am half suspicious of an attempt to stamp ede us during the night." Why do you think so?., tl'te other asked, as if surprised. Because were I in their place and in command it is just what I would do," he replied. "Everything in the way of position is favorable to it. The colonel was silent and ,thoughtful for a minute or two, and then remarked: "I'll go and see the general about it. I am quite of the same opinion with yourself. By the way, have you heard the decision of the court martial in th e case of Colonel Rose of the --Regiment? "No. I didn t know that rany decision had been reached." "They exonerate him, and lay the entire burden of blame on Captain Risley. He testified before the court that he had r him a prisoner. CHAPTER XVII. THE EXCHANGE. "Ah, we me et again, and I am your prisoner! exclaimed the Confederate officer tendering hi:; sword to Herbert. Ah, is it you, Captain St. Clair! cried Major Herbert, very much astonishe d at recognizjng his Yes It is the fortune of war." "Keep your sword. I won't take it!" said the major, grasp ing his hand. "Are you hurt?" "Only bruised, thanks." "Captain, tell me! Do you know where my sister is?" "Yes. She is at m y mother's in Hanover County. I sent her there for safety." "Thank God for that! Giv e me your hand again! You are my guest-not my prisoner!" and the two men shook hands again in the pr e sence of both armies, while brave men were falling ll.ll around them. Come away captain," said the major. "We .are not through with this business yet." And he led him away to the rear, where he placed him in charg0of a soldier saying: "Take care of this prisoner and see that he is treate d like a gentleman. I'll s ee you again captain," and he wheeled round _and hurried ba ck to his men.


22 UP FROM THE RANKS. But the enemy had begun to fall back, and in a little while have not. There is no man in your army who would rejoice was In full retreat from the field. more at hearing of my death than would Captain Risley. We Th' e Union boys cheered till they were hoarse over the are rivals for the hand of the s11ime young lady." retreat of the enemy. They had gotten the best of the fight, "Ah!" and had lost but a few score men. When the battle was over Major Herbert was in command of the regiment. The acting colonel had been kill'ed by a minie ball. As soon as he could do so he hastened to see his prisoner. He found him among a lot of others who had been cap turPd that day. .. Come with me, captain. You are my guest. I'll take your case befor e the general apd see if I may not send you back to your command." 1 don't see how J deserve so much consideration at your hands, major," said the Ooa federate C!Pl'alryman. "Leave all that to me ptease. Come, tell me how you found my sister? I am anxious to know." "1 found h'er running for her life right in the path of the cavalry-," said the prisoner, and I knew that she would be trampled to death if I diu not save her. I rushed at her, reached down from the saddle, and taking her by the arm, swung her up on the horse to a seat in front of m e. Of course, I had to ride on with my men. and I held on to her even up to within a few rods of your lines It was not until we were re treating that I knew who it was I had thus saved. The rec ognition was mutual, and from that moment she had no fears for herself. Ent she grieved for her companion, Miss Holmes until Lieutenant Banning came to me with the story of his meeting with you on the battlefield that night, and gave me your message to her. When I told her she wept for joy." ''Yes, of course So did Miss Holme s when I told her what Lieutenant Banning told me." Major Herbert took him to his tent and kept him there all night as qjs guest. The next morning he took him to s ee the general of the brigade, and told him bis story. The general shook hands with him and said he would go with him to see t'he division commander. That -Officer took him to the corps command er, who in turn sent him to th e headquarters of the commander-in-chief. The general looked at the yo'tmg major as he told his story, and then asked: "Do you wish to have him restored to his people?" ''I wish to have him saved the hardships of an imprison replied Herbert, "and if not inconsistent with the interest of the service, I would like to send him back. He would do the same for me." "I understand your feelings in the matter, Major Herbert," said the general. ''I think we can arrange the matter. We'll see if they will give us Captain Ristey for Captain St. Clair." The young major turned deathly pale. The general noticed it and asked: "Doesn't that suit you?" 'I have no right to ob}j3ct to anything you may suggest, gen eral,'' he 1'eplied. "Captain Risley belonged to my old com-}Jany of the Dovel' Guards of the New Yprk regiment." "Yes, and when I was his corporal he treated me like a menial instead of a soldier." "Th'ere is no love lost between you, then?" ''None whatever. But ther e are those who will say I took this step to seek vengeance on 'him." "I underst,and. The commander-in-chief can refute any such a charge as that." They returned to th e headquarters of the regiment of which he was now the acting colonel, and spent the night there. Early the next morning he w ent out with a flag of truce and met one from the other side-a tall, dignifl 'ed officer. "We have Captain St. Clair of the Black Horse Cavalry a prisoner in our lines he said to the officer . "You ha,ve Cap tain Risley, of the New York regiment a priso1l'er in your lines. We ofter our prisoner in exchange for yours, without. any formality in the matter." "I have no authority in the matter," said the Confederate. "But i! you will m eet me here at this hour to-morrow I will be pleased to give you "the answer of the general." "I will await your signal at any hour," said Herbert, bowing and returning to bis lines. Late In the afternoon the flag of truce was seen coming from th e Confederate lines. Major Herbert hastened to meet it and ascert!lin wha,t it portended "The exchange Is i:iatisfactory said the Confederate "and will take place at nine o'clock to-morrow morning." ''Very well. That hour will !lo as well as any other. Cap laJn St. Clair will be here at that hour. I shall bring him alo1re." They parted to meet again the next morning. Precisely at the hour appointed the two flags of truce met half way between the two lines. "Good-by, major," said St. Clair, extending his hand to Herbert. "Good-by, captain. Tell my sister that I am Well, and that Mary is in good hands. Give her my love." Thus they parted. Captain Risley came forward and extended his hand to Herbert. "I cannot shake hands with you, captain," said the young major. "You have been th' e cause of the ruin of the Dover Guards." "It is false, sir!" exclaimed the 1captain, resentfully. "The cou1t-martial that tried your colonel has laid aJI the blame on you. You will be shot 0for disobedience of or ders." CHAPTER'XVIII. THE ACTS A COWAHU. "Then you are the man to make the exchange. J give you Captain Risley iotopp ed and gazed at him like one in a full authority in the matter," and 11( picked up a pen and dream. wrote a short order to that effect." "What do you mean?" he asked in husky tones, his, face the Handing it to Herbert. he added: color of ashes. / "I am glad to hear that your sister has been rescued and "I mean that you will be shot for disobed 1lnce of orders in such good hands. I hope you may liave th e pleasure of see The colonel told you that you could charge on that ing her soon." when the order to crarge came. You did not wait for the "Thank you. general,'' he returned. and saluting he turned order, but gave it on your own responsibility, made the charge away and left headquarters, accompanied by Captain St. Olair. lost two companies of the regiment, revealed the presence of "This is sorrowful business for you majar, said the cap our troops in that piece of woods an hour before it was in tah1. as they rode away tagether. tended by the general, and caused us the loss of the victory. "Yes, but not that I have any love for Captain Risley, fol" That is enough to oause a thousand men to be shot."


UP FROM THE RANKS. 23 Captain Risley was staggered. Somehow his overwhelming conceit had never suggested to him the magnituue of his offense. He had made the charge for the purpose of rescuing Mary Holmes and the wounded Dover boys, thinking it would be an exploit / that would lead to his promotion, as Corporal Herbert's. fight' had led to his. But he little dreamed that even success would be no excuse for such a flagrant violation of discipline, and when he heard of th e terrible results that followed his foolhardy action, as Major Herbert explain e d, he was paralyzed with horror. "Was that what I was exchanged for?" he asked. 'Yes : 'And you asked for permission to bring me buck to my death?" "No. I qaptured Captain St. Clair, and as he had been kind to my sister and Miss HoJm es, I asked-. "Miss Holmes? Where is she?" "She is inside our lines, with the wife of the .quartermaster general." "Have you seen her?" "Yes. She saved my life on the battlefield the other day, killing the Confei;lerate officer who had disarmed me." "You lie! You know YOl\ lie! What was she doing on the fie id? . ,. ") . He was frantic with jealous rage, anQ.. seemed like one al most bepift' of his senses. -.', 1 .. You know that I am not a liar," said Herbert, very calmly. "' Captain St. Clair stood in the midst of a group of officers watching the strange proceeding. Risley reached 1;.he group and sung out: "Gentlemen I demand protection. I will join the Confed erate army! I don't wish to go back." Major .Herbert came up. "What's the trouble, major?" Captain St. Clair asked. "Captain Ris .Jey refuses to go to his co mm'

. 24 UP FROM THE RANKS. ''Guard!" cried the young major, swords with him. They were at it in a flash The bright blades flashed in the sunlight, $Wished through the air, rang against each other, and came near drawing blood the first ten seconds of the combat. To the surprise of even Herbert himself, Risley "was cool, wary, and cautious. He defended himself with skill and c ourage. But it was a courage born pf despair. "Yes," returned the colo11el. "You shall have all the assist ance you may nt\ed, sir," and he sent a young lieutenant to summon an ambulance at once. Herbert went over to Risley lay, and found that h e was not nuite dead. "He is alive yet," he said. "But I shall take him to our people for surgical treatment." "1Ie will not live to reach your lines, sir," said an officer. 'rhere was a sudden flash, a thrust, and Risley's dropped from his hand as he staggered backward. sword "He is going now." CHAPTER XIX. THE DUEL IN THE CONFEDERATE LINES. It was a scene for an artist. Back some littJe distance from whe!"e the group of officers stood were thousands of Confederate soldiers looking on at the sword duel between two Union officers. They could not understand it, but like,11 soldi"ers, such a sigbt was deeply interesting to them. They knew that their officers understood the matter, and to them they left the settlement of the dispute. But when one of the Union officers received a cut by a most difficult stroke a cheer went up from some of them. The old colonel r\lised his hand for silence, and the still n ess of death fell upon them. They held their breatl1 and ga, zed at them as if life and death hung in the balance for all at.them. "1-am-woutlded!" gasped Risley reeling and pressing his hand to his breast. Yes," said Major "Will you go with me?" "Yes-when I am dead." "But you are not dead yet Take up your sword and de fend yourself." He made no reply, but reeled and staggered like a drunken Yes, I suppose he is. I am sorry this has ended this way, but I could do no other." "Your conduct has been that of a soldier of honor," remarked the old colonel. "You are very young, but I think we shall hear from you again. I hope you may outlive the war, young man," and he extended his hand to the young officer as he .spoke. "Thanks. I heartily wish the same good fortune for all of you," returned Herbert. "Will you do me the kintln ess to let me have youl'names, gentlemen. We may meet again, and I may have the chance to return the courtesies you have this day shown to me. The fortunes of war frequently l ead to strange surprises." They gave him their names, rank, and regiment, all of which he carefully wrote down, and then gave his own name, rank, regiment, etc., to each of the party. The ambulance ca me up, and the wounded II).an was placed the;ein. A man had volunteered to go along as guid e to show th em a route by which the vehicle could reach the Union lines. They all shook hands with him, and then he mounted the seat by the driver and was driven away, having pas3ed through the adventure that had thus far fallen to the lot of any Union officer. His arrival at brigade headquarters with Captain Risley in an unconscious condition In an ambulance c r e ated a red-hot sensation among army officers. The general question ed him closely, and when he had heard his story, said: "You did what was right. You have the on e quality that makes a successful soldier-the determination never to be man. defeated in an undertaking." The oth-ers stood silent as statues, and look e d on. "It is a determination to obey orders, general," he said. I Major Herbert turned the point of his sword to thJe was sent to make the exchange, and bring him back, and that ground and leaned upon it, keeping his eyes fixed on his I was .determined to do." opponent. "Well, it's the same thing," remarked the general. "I am Blood was seen trickling ov e r Risley's hand as he presse d sorry he is so badly hurt; but rather that than have him es-it against his breast. cape altogether." Suddenly he turned to Herbert and cried out: To the surprise of everybody two of the best surgeons in "You are a coward! You. knew you were an expert with the brigade after examining the wounded officer, pronounced the sword! Give me a chance with the pistol! I demand his wounds not necessarily fatal. Jt!" "He may pull throtigh,'' said one of them, "if he has an ordi "You shall have it, though you have no right to demand any nary constitution and good blood. <1onslderation at my hands. You are a traitor to your flag, "He has both, do ct or, said Herbert. I have known and a disgrace to the flag you belong to. Gentlemen, can you blm for years." us with revolvers a few moments?" They took him to a field hospital and extracted the bullet "Yes, of course," said the courtly old colonel, and several after which he was placed under the best nurse to be had Jn of them tendered weapons. the camp. There was no lack of firearms in those days. It was the The quartermaster-general came up to the young major and business of men to kill each other then. said, in a low tone of voice : One was placed in the hand of Risley before one had been "There is a young lady with my wife who wishes to see you given to Major Herbert. when you have the leisure time to call on her." Crack! Crack! Crack! "Yes, yes. I'll call on her at once. Is she as well as He began firing at him, unarmed though he was. usual?" Major Herbert stood still as a statue and gazed at him. Yes. My wife is dead in Jove with her, and wants her to Crack! went a revolver in the hand of the old colon e1, and remain with her if it can be arranged. She thinks you ought Risley reeled backward and fell heavily to the ground. 1 to be consulted about it, though." "He is a {:owardly dog!" said the old grizzled soldie,. "He j He ca1led on the at a farmhouse near by, and found aimed to shoot you down vou go.t a weapon in your hand." Mary Holmes looking as sweet and pretty as ever. "I thank you, sir," said Herbert, a profound bow. She met him with many a shy blush and asked: I am fortunate to meet such soldiers Can t have the use "Have you heard anything more from Winnie?" of an ambulance in which to convey the body to ..:ny peonle?" '\She is at th e home of Caotain St. Clah:'<: motb.ar and the


""'ll UP FRGM TRE RANKS. 25 captain says she should remain there until such time as she 1 the men of the _regiment stood like a stone wail and the can cross the lines without any danger or discomfort I sent 1 e nemy wa s r e pulsed with great slaughter. her of you by him, whom we exchanged for Captain Afte r the l:iatU e the enemy again f e ll ba c k and the Union Risley." r; advan c e d in their wake, only to find them once more drawn up Oh, has Cap tain Risley returne d? in line of battle. Yes." "I am so sorry for him. "He did not tell her the captain was wounded or that he had any hand in. effe cting the excl\nge. CHAPTER XX. THE JUDGE I N CAMP. Days and weeks passed and young Herbert received c ommission a s a full-fledged colonel in the army. He looked more soldierly than ever in the uniform that he procured for the rank. Again they fought and again the name of a great battle was added to the list that would go down to the as an event in the history of nations. The los s es wer e terrible on both sides, anj at the e nd of this one Colonel Herbert found hims e lf in command of the brigad e the general and two sen ior c olonels having been slain. Y e t he did not seem to think he had any more responsibility resting on him than when he was s imply a corporal in the Dover Guards. Wh e n h e made a report to the commanding general that officer s ent for him. H e reporte d at once. The general looked up at him in silence for a moment or two and then asked: How old are you colonel?" Mary Holmes was more proud of him and the attention he I a m no t y et old enough to vote, general," he replied showed her than of anyone else in the army. She never once B u t r am old e nough to h e lp mak e .history for my country lo s t sight of the fact that he had won his rank by merit and the old flag. alone-that neither wealth nor social position had anything By the Lord Harry!" e xclaim e d the general "I like that to d<_> with it. answ e r! I wa s told you were too y oung to ha n dl e the brigade. Major Coombs was now at the head of his r egiment and Go ba c k to your c omman d a nd fight a s you have been fighting wa s daily expe cting to be also commissioned colonel. He and all will be w e ll. came to see Colonel Herbert and congr:tulate I H e salute d and marc hed out of the of the general, "You have gone up ahead of me, he said, shakmg his, like one who had just won another vistory. hand, "but I am a bit I it in you before we I "Som e body has been working against me in som e way ," he Dover. You will go,,up higher yet. s aid to him s elf as he mad e h is wa y ba ck to h is c omm a nd I thank you, colonel returned Herbeit. I hope we may "I'd lik e to know who it is. M y age has been r e ported to the both win th e stars of a ge n e r al." l general and h e has bee n urge d to pu t an older man in the So do I. It i s a laudable ambition. I am glad to see you ; place that i s mine by all the ri ghts d ea r to a soldier." appre ciate it," and the old soldier then turned the conversa1 He had just r e a c hed hi s quarters when h e heard a hearty tion on Captain Ri s ley s case . voice call out: "It will go hard with him," he said. "He is I How are you c olon e l?,'' rapidly and in s ide of a fortnight will be placed on trial before H e wheeled and found him se lf fa ce to f a c e with J udge court-martial. The judges have already been appointed. Holmes. I am sorry he did not f a ll in that charge," remarked Her Why judge he ex c laim e d '' I am glad to see you!" and b ert. he extend e d his hand to th e old ge ntl e man 'Yes, it would have b ee n b etter for him if he had." "Thanks I am glad to you, too So you are at the h e ad Ev ents came qui c k after that. of the r e giment. W e ll I e xpect e d it. You made an impre s -The e n e my mad e a move that set the regiments of the great sion on my mind the night y ou volunte e red th e fir s t man in Union army in motion. Then a s eries of marc hes and counter1 Dover whi c h has never left me. marc h es followed the Union army getting neare r to the Con' 'Thanks I am the h e ad of the brigade now. f ederat e c apital all the time. What! A g e neral? Suddenl y the two armie s again met in d e adly c ombat and "No-only c olon e l c ommanding the the earth s hook under the tre mendous roar of cannon and the,. I'll get the c ommission soon if I' live tread of arm e d men. more battles." brigade. I s u ppo s e through one or two Thou s and s of brave men fell on both sides .and in the smoke ] Whi c h I hope you will s aid the judge I came after and sho ck of battl e r eputations were won and lo s t. Again did Mary Her mother can't stand the suspen s e Jany longer. the gallant Colonel H erbert receive the charge of the enemy brought a letter from your mother to you," and he gave him with the Spartan firmness that had won him fame Again 1 a sealed letter. did the magnifi cent Black Horse Cavalry of the South br.eak j "Thanks! I am glad to hear from mother. Mails are itself against hi s line .and reel back s hattered. anl;l bleedmg. i very uncertain when th e army is on the move Have _:You The gen e ral of the brigade dashed up t'o his side and asked: seen your daughter yet? "Can't you hold your ground without assistance, colonel?" "Yes and do you know she doesn t want to go back home? I "Yes, general. My men give way only when dead!" he re Indeed? plied. She wants to stay here with G e n e ral --: s wife and that "The enemy is c oming again! cried the g e neral, as he saw 11ady d eclares that she cannot do without her." the gray line surging forward again up the incline. I Well, she is not afraid of the en e my You know s he has "Steady, men! cried th e young colonel "Remember that been in battle and slain her man. this regiment has n ever given back an inch yet! them 1 "Yes, and that's reputation for a young lady to a lesson they will not forget. The army of the Umon must make I s hould say. hear of you to-clay. Give 'em l'ead to eat all the way up I Well at any rate, s he i s th e p et of the army. If she would the hill! Now! Ready! Fire!" jus t once ride dowl! the lin e she. would get more c heers than Thus encouraged by the of their heroic young the commander-in-chief, or the United States President.


\ 26 UP FROM THE RANKS. a.re all as eager to throw kisses at her as they are to throw "I dQn't know, nor do I care. I am going to do .just what I bullets at the enemy." came here for-fight the enemy whenever and wherever I may .. Well, I'm afraid they hare turned her head You have meet him-and let the others go on and do as they please. lost Winnie altogether, haven't you?" The judge went to see his daughter again, and told her what Yes, so far a s getting letters from her are concerned. But poor success he had met with in trying to enlist Herbert i'n s omehow or other I have no fears for her safety whatever. the effort to save Risley. ::(.; 'fhat Captain Clair with whose mother she is living has I think you might persuad e him to do so," he said to h e r i mpressed me as on e of \the most honorable men I -ever met." "I would not attempt to persuade him, even if I kn'ew I The judge accepted his invitation to make his tent his home would sueceed father./' she said. while in camp, and the two had quite a number of quiet "Why not? c onversations together. "Because he feels that he owes his lif e to me, and would re"Do you know, said the judge "that Captain Ri s ley's father fuse me nothing that I would asliat his hands, even to the has had the Congressmen and Senators from our State work laying down of his life." ing on th e President in behalf of that un fortunate young ''He would not refuse you thE\n?" man?" "No, but I won't ask him and s he wa s firm "He has ''No, I didn't know it. ,refused you and were I to a s k him to do \Jo h e woulu have ' Well, he has and the proba bilfty is that he may simply a poor opinion of me knowing that he was und e r s u c h obliga be dismissed from the service instead of being tried before a tions ." c oult-martial." Her f11ither did not urge the matter, and then h e again Well that is the only way he ca n escape b eing shot." besought her to go back home with him. She said If he "Do you think so?" Insisted on her doing so s he would go. But t he wife of the "I haven t a shadow of a doubt about it." quartermaster-ge n eral begged so hard that she might remain I -..... "Then I hope they may succeed." with her that he c ould not refuse. Colonel Herbert made no c omment. Ho wa s now in a He went back home agp,in leaYing her behind and the position where h e had to weigh well his wor.ds before uttering c ampaign against the enemy continued s o lively that she was them. He had been looked upon as the e nemy of the dison the move all the time with the lady in whose s h_e graced officer and for that rea son did not desire to say anyhad been left. thing about the subject of his f ate. Another battle was fought, and again thousands of brave But Judge Holmes and the e lder Risley w e re good friends m-en laid down their lives on both sid.is. of long standing. They were both wealthy and the ri c h Just as the enemy was retiring Colonel H erbert received a always stand by each other. He wanted to get the young offiball in the shoulder. He was taken to a large farm cer to sign a p e tition to let Risley go without trial and be dishouse near the village of Hanove r Courthou se, wher e a surmissed from the service. geon extracted the bull et. "It would be unbecoming in me to do s uch a thing, judge," It was not until the next morning that h e was told that t h e said the young colon e l shaking hi s h ea d ''If he had been lady of the house had a son al s o in the next room wounded c onvicted and sente n ce d I would plead that his life he spared. -a Confed erate officer. lt would b e improp e r 'for any officer to do so. ''Tell her to come in, and see me .. he said. I want to I thought of that,'' si1;id the judge. 'Nevertheless thank h e r for the shelter of her roof.'' y ou might write me a note and say you would like to see him The lady c ame in, accompanied by a young lady. s pared and--'' f When they r'eached his bedside the y oung lad y utte red a I cannot even do that," h e s aid interrupting him. I shall scream. do nothing not right and proper for an officer to do. If he "Oh, my brother Will! and threw herself on hi s breast. is sentenced, I shall ask that his life be spared, but not be" Winnie Winnie! Sister! \ll/liat are you doing h ere?" "Oh, brother! This is Mrs. St. Clair! She is Captain S t. The judge was not pleased \le was surprised that the poor Clair's mother! Captain St. Clair is badly wounded in the unknown me c hani c at home had refused any request of his next Toom! " Madam I am doubly in your debt," said Colonel Herbert. grasping the lady's hand. '' Your s on is the knightliest s ol dier I ever met, and you are the source of all his good CHAPTER XXL qualities. I thank you a thousand times for an the kindnesses you and yours have shown to my sweet little sister." AN UNEXPECTED MEETING. "We have all learned to love her for herself alone ," sai

( I UP FROM TH.M RANKS. 17 Mary gave a scream of joy, and a half hour later was on will soon come to him. Oh, what a brave, gallant soldier he a mule, which was led by the negro, going to meet her is! How proud people at home are when they hear of dearest friencl. his brave deeds! Your mother is the proudest woman in "Mary!" Dover to-day, and well she may be." "Winnie!" "She is not one whit more proud of him than I am, Mary. They embraced and kissed and cried, after which they \vent I always knew he was brave as a lion ... and she looked the in to see the colonel. pride she felt in her gallant brother. Ah, you t'lf'o have met again!". he said. "What a pity that two such men as he and Captain St. Clair Yes," said Winnie. "We are all three together again. Oh, should seek each other's lives on the battlefield? \ if we could live togeth er always!" "Yes, for Captain St. Cl1lir is one of the most perfect gentle" I am sorry you are hurt again," said Mary, tears 'coming men I ever knew. He saved my life on that awful day, and into h er eyes. rode into battle at the head of his troopers, f:toJding me on "Thanks. You were not near to save me this time." his saddle. He has treated me as though I were a sister ever .. I can only wish that I had been," she replied. since. I never forget him." "Tell Winnie everything that has happenGd since the day "Of course not. What a pity he is arrayed against the ftag yon two were parted on the battlefield. What a lot of things of his country." you two have to talk about. .. I made that same remark to him one day, and he said "Oh, Mary! Just to think, he is a colonel!" exclaimed Win was not fighting the ftag of his country. He said he was nie, In an impulse of love and pride. born here-in this house-and that he was fighting for his He will be a general," said Mary. "He has commanded the country still. New York '\'.as not his country. Virginia was. brigade for a month now." I did not know .what to say, for it did seem to me that he "And he so young, too." was right, for he had not left his country at all." ''Yes. 1 think he is the youngest colonel in the army," and "Well, we girls don't know much about politics," said as she said that she leaned over and added in a whisper in Mary, laughing. "But we know that our side is right, and "Winnie's ear: that' s all we need to know." I I And the bravest and handsomest, too." They had much to say to each other, !Jut they dicj not Mary then went into the next room to see and greet Captain neglect the wounded soldiers to do so. They were unremitSt. Clair. He .recognized her and gave her a cordial welcome : ting in their attention to them. Mary gave all her to Mrs. St. Clair and her daughter tendered to Mary the hosColonel Herbert, and Winnie, while not neglecting her bt,othpltality of their home, whic'tt she accepted for a few days in I er, proved a 'faithful nurse to Captain St. Clair. order to be with Winni e and help her nurse her brother. I One day the rush of a squadron of horse startled them. It The army moved on, and in a few days they were all in was a squadron of Confederate cavalry. They surrounded thP the rear, with straggling parties passing to and fro all the house and a young officer entered. t' I ime. He was Lieutenant Banning, now a captain. One day a regiment of Confederate cavalry came by, and an He knew that Winnie Herbert was there for Captain St. offiC'er came in. to see who the Union officer w as. Clair had told him so. "Ah, it is you, major!" exclaimed the newcomer. "I am sorry you are hurt." ( He was one of the officers who had witnessed his duel With Risley, and they shook hands )Ike two old friends. . CHAPTER XXII. OF.SERAL JfERBERT , Ah! he said, as be bowed to her. "I am glad to see you again, Miss Herbert. I heard your gallant brother had been made general of brigade. Is it true?" .. I really don't know, 'sne stammeted. She was afraid her brother would be made a pr. isoner, wounded though he was well, 1 hope he has. He is a galla t fellow, and well deserves promotion. I am a captain myself now, and I cam e to tell Mrs. St. Clair that her son has been made a colonel. How is he?" "He is doing well. Your good news will soon make him a The exigencl'es of war had brought friends and' foes to well man again. Come. let me show you to his room," and gether under tbe roof of the brave captain of the Black Horse she led the way Into the room where Captain St. Clai r Cavalry of the Confederacy. The meeting of the two girl confined. friends was a joyous one ind eed They fell into each .. Ah, Colonel St. Clair, greeted the yotmg officer ''hmry arms and cried, kissed, and laughed by turns. Mrs. St. Clair up and take command of your regiment." sympathized with them in her womanly heai;t, and, though sli "Colonel, did you say?" exclaimed his mother, coming regarded their friends as the enemies of h er country, she was into the r om at ULat feoment. not their personal enemy. She was a true woman above all "Jles, madam.. Hef has been made a full colonel. He will things, and it was that phase of her that had asS'ertbe a general next, as he well deserves to be. I congratulate ed itself when she found the two girls under her roof, together both of you. I must hurry a'Yay. A large body of Federal with the wounded brother of one of them. cavalry is pursuing us. I merely stopped to give you the "Oh Mary!" cried Winnie to her bosom fri'end. "We never good news ... dreamed would get mixed up in this war as we have "But, captain," said the wounded officer, "what is the news been." from Lee? Will he be able to drive the enemy back ?" No, dear," said Mary. "I did not, and yet I do not regret "Yes. We think the next battle will utterly crush him that we came to help nurse our brave boys in the hospitals." He is weaving a web that will enmesh him irretrievably." "No--no-but think of what we have been through. I "Ah! What a grand is Lee! don't see how we have passed through it all and still live." "Yes, th e greatest of the age. He fights against terr!fi c .._:'Nor do I. Do you know that your brother is a general?" odds in every battle. Good-by ... and he shook hands with all "He has command of the brigade, I know, but h e is still in the room and then hurriedf:v left J.he l:iouse, without onee only a colonel," said Winnie. suspecting that a woun'ded Unloi;i officer was under the same 'He Is acting as a general, said Mary. "The commission root. I


28 UP FROM THE R A NKS. As soon as the cavalrf wa s gone, Wipni e hurrie d into her the letter from her hand and read it. Then she ran into brother's room, and said: the other room to kiss her brother. ' Oh, they didn t know you were here! "He ts a brave fellow and a brilliant soldier ," said young No. Well, I am glad they did not," said Colonel HerSt. Clair. "He deserves it. I am glad for his sake and the b e rt. Why, what would they hav e done to you, prothe r? ' They would have mad e me a prisoner of war. " What! A wounded man!" "Yes-they would hav e take n my parole and left me here. That would have kept me out of the fie ld until I had been r egularly flXc,hanged." Well, I am so glad they did .not find you the n, remarked Mary. "Thank you," he said. "You appreciate the f ee lings of a soldier." .. 1 think I know how you f ee l about it," sh e r e plied, Mrs. St. Clair came in and said to the young c olonel: "My son has been made a colonel in the Conf e derate army, and has sent his congratulations to you on your e sc ap e from capture a few minutes ago. " Give him my thanks, madam, and allow m e to congratu late both you and him on hi:; promotion. H e is a brave, gal !ant soldier who is worthy of all praise. "Thanks, sir. I appre ciate it all the more com ing from you, who Have fought your way up from the ranks." s everal days passed during which the two wounded m en improved very fast und e r the c areful nursing of the two girls. Then came the new s of another great' battle in whi c h thousands of lives were lost, but with no decisive results. The genius of Lee s e em e d to overshadow e very battlefi e ld, though he fought against enormous odds all the time. The courier who brought the news to the young colonel also brought a letter from Colonel Coombs addressed to him as General Herbert, saying the president had sent his commis sion as brigadier-general,. He handed the note to Mary Holmes who was seated by his bedside, saying: "Sho, w it to Winnie. She will be pleased." "Do you mean for me to read it, too ?" she askJ. "Yes, of course. You are one of my d ear friends She read it an extended her hand, saying: "Let me be the first to congratulate you." He pres s ed her hand and looked her in the eyes and said: ''I have one other amb ition-one other great hop e that fill s my whole heart and soul. If that could be attained I would ha,ve no more to ask for in life. "Why, what can that be?'' she asked. "You don t want to be President, do you?" "I wouldn't object to that; but I'd rath er be the husband of Mary Holmes than be President of the United States," and held her hand and looked up into her eyes as he spoke. She turned pale as th e pillow on which lay his head then blushed rosy red. Will Herbert, she faltered, sinking down into the chair by his bedside, "do you want me to be your wife? " I do, Mary, I love you-I love you! "I'll be your wife," sbe softly said, looking him in the face. :I could wish for no greater happiness in life' He pressed her hand and she leaned over and kissed him for the first time. Ah! I shall get well now. Go and tell Winnie that you are th e promised wife of a general in the Union army." She took the letter and went into the other room. Mrs St. Olair and Winnie were i1_1 there. "Oh, Winnie! Y'our brothe r has been made a general! Winnie sprang up and ex c laimed joyfully : "Oh, I am so glad f.or mother's sake'" and she snatched sak,e of his sister and mother. Mary followed Winnie into the other room, and then the two girls had a sweet story to t e ll the other. CHAPTER XXllI. THE GOD OF LOVE ROUTS THE GOD OF WAR. "Oh, Mary!" cried Winnie, throwing herself into th' e arms of her friend. "Only think of our Willie being a 1general! How proud mother will be when she hears it!" "Yes. fou can't imagine how proud and happy I am, too Winnie, for I am going to be his wife." "Oh, mercy! gasped Winnie, who had not dream e d of su c h a possibility. "I-I-am so glad ," and she hugged and kissed her a dozen times in as many se c onds. "I-I-am engage d too! " You! You engaged!" cried Mary in blank amazement. "Ye s, and I am so happy. 'the man who saved my life on the battlefield has asked for my love and hand. I gave both to him. The young general heard h er story in pro f ound astonish ment. "What will mother say?" he asked of his sister. "It is not a question of North or South but one of lov e and happiness," said Winnie. We love and that is enough." "Yes yes, that's true. :He is as good a man as could be found in all the world. The war will not be on forever. It will end some day. "Yes and then we will all be so happy," and the two girls embraced and kissed each other again. Winnf'e and Mary then told each other how the declara tions had come about and they were certainly the two happiest girls in all the world at that moment. "But are you going to be a rebel Winnie?" Mary asked. Winnie started. She had not thought of that. She was a patriot all the time but had not thought of war when t he god love touched her heart with his magi c wand. "No," she said. "I am not going to rebel against my country or my love. I am a non-combatant. I am going to have a little union of my own, and be true to it all the time.'.' Good for you, Winnie! cried h er brother. Keep out of the war and be as happy as you can. But you have gone over to the enemy all the same." She laughed and said: "Well, I couldn't help myself. He captured me on the battlefield and I have never been exchang e d and-and-I don't want to be either!" "Oh, you little reb el!" cried Mary and all three laughed h eartily over the remark. Mrs St. Cla,ir came in to congratulate the young gen e ral on his promotion. I "Thanks, madam, sald Herbert. "Let your congratulations come again. I am engaged to be to my nurse." The good lady congratulated him, and kissed Mary, saying: "I wish you both all the happiness that can come to mor tals on earth." Then, turning to Winnie, she said : "My son has just told me his story, and asked me to take you to my heart as my own child I love you for yourself ..........


, UP FROM THE RANKS. 29 and doubly so for his sake," and she folded her in her motherly arms, and pr essed her to her heart. "I have a dear, good sweet mother," said Winnie, "but l shaU love you as tnuch as I love her," and she threw her arms about her n ec k and called her "mother." "Oh, if this crue l war could now end," exclaimed the good young m e n lying here wounded with bullets, and these mother, her e y e s filling with teayi. ";rust loo at these two young hearts clinging to them so fondly! "Yes, said Mary. "It is a gr-eat sin-a great sin. Thousands f e ll in battle ye sterday. Oh when will it end!" "Well, don't discuss it," said Herbert. "Go to your love, sister, and l e t min e c om e and make me happy. Oh, I am "Is that your idea of discipline?" "Yes. Were the general of the army to can me a liar I would knock him down on th e spot, even in the face of the enemy. Yet at the next moment I would obey an order from him even if I knew it led to my death. The prisol).er was convicted and sentenced to be shot. CHAPTER XXIV. CONCLUSION. getting well 1 fa s t! No other verdict could have been rendered. His conduct The two happy girls laugh ed, and Winnie and her. lover's had been such that the entire army had been jeopardized on mother left the room together, leaving them to themselves. the battlefield. The days spe d swiftly. and events transpired quickly. The Yet the young general was very sorry for the necessity of great struggle went on, and anotlrer battle was fought. The th e verdict. stars and stripes floated over the bloody field in triumph. "Mary, we must save him if we can. There is but one way The two armies then rested for a till\,e from the work of in which it can b e done." destroying eac h other. "What is that?" The young general rapidly recovered from his wound. So .. You must go to the President and beg for a did the young colonel. The latter bad been paroled, and could "Me.,, no,: .rejoin his command until had ex?ha?ged,; "Yeii. I cannot l e ave my command. I will write a lette r am for ce.d to stay at home, he sai? to Wmme. ?ome, 1 to the President and you must take it to him. He has a great let';:; : be married, and be af? as circumstances WJ.11 let -big heart, and when he s ees your sweet face and hears your my brother will consent, said she, blushing rosy red. Well, I'll see that he does," said the "I say, general, I want you to consent to my marriage to Winnie at once. She leaves it to you." "You have my consent. I have no right to refuse. But persuade her to make Mary consent to a double wedding." So it was arranged. Mary at last yielded, and a day or two later a minister came to the house and performed the mar riage cer emony for them. A few days later Herbert was required to appear before a court-martial to testify as to the condu.ct of Captain Risley on the day h e was exchanged as a prisoner of war. "Poor Risley," he said to his bride, "I fear it will go hard story he will grant th e a_Ppeal. '' / "I will go," she said. He once proposed to me, and l cannot bear to hear of his coming to such a disgraceful end . Oh, I do hope the good President will spare his life!" "He cannot resist you, dear," said the young general, kiss ing her. "Tell him how long ypu have been married to me-. the youngest general in the army-and hi11 heart will warm toward you." She set out to take the nearest train in the rear of the army, and was soon hurrying on her way to the capital of the str_ ugg!ing republic. In the meantime, the shooting squad had neen selected ; and the morning of the third day after the trial and sentence was with him." to witness the execution. You won't say anything to malre it worse?" Mary said. Some of the members of the Dover Guards. who had been I fear I cannot do otherwise. He had behaved so badly exchanged, called to se-e the condemned man in the guard that I will have to submit to questions which m;ist be an tent. swered." "Will they s hoot him?" "I fear they will I don't see how they can do otherwise. The laws of war renders it very necessary in the interest of discipline. " I am sorry for him." "So am I, but he has no one to blame but himself." '"No, I suppose not. Yet we all expected such a good report of him when he led our brave Dover boys to th e front." General Herbert attend' ed the court-martial in the uniform of his rank. The disgraced prisoner looked at him, and was surprised at the soldierly appearance he made in the uni form. But in his pride and conceit he did not salute him, a fact that did not escape the argus-eyed judge advocate. The young general told his story to the court, and then sub mitted to cross-questions by the prisoner's counsel. "You have been and are still the personal enemy of the prisoner, are you not?'' was asked him. "No," he replie d I am not and never was his enemy." "Did you not once have a personal altercation with him?" Yes. Before we were mustered into the service I knocked him down for ca1l!ng me a Ah! struck your superior officer, did you?" "I am to die, he said to them, "solely because of the dislike Herbert has always entertained toward me. He hated me because I beat him for the lieutenancy

/ 30 UP FROM THE HANKS. "Yes," said the officer, "the President has reprieved him," and he gave the order to conduct the prisoner back to the guard tent. When was told that Mary Holmes, the young bride of the y oungest general in the army, had secured th e rep.rleve, he s aid to hi, mself: "She loves me. She always did love me, but his rapid pro moti o n fascinated her. Her band is his, but her heart ls mine." He n ever m'et her again, for he was dism issed in disgrace. and disappeared forever from the places that once knew him. And that was the end of the military career of Captain Risley \ The'. army was again on the move, and Colonel St. (Jlair and his Northern bride remained at the old homestead. The ne groes had been scattered, and the stock appropriated by the Union troops. The desolation of war was all about them. Yet they were happy in their love for each other. Time wore on and Colonel St. Clair was exchanged. He placed himself at the head of his regiment and fought like a h 'el;'o for his cause. . f"I!" : ' A year passed; and one day a flag of truce appeared. The Two we eks later Herbert returned hom e to Dover . The people prou(l of their young he"ro, met him at the train in the evening with a carriage without hors es and a thousand torches, and pulled him and hts wife and babr, boy through the streets, amidst shouts of wel c ome. A grand arc h stretched across one of the main streets with the words in big letters: "From Co1'poral to General." \ THE END. Read "EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL; or, THE REBELS OF BEECHDALE ACADEMY," by Allyn Draper. which will be the next number (308) of "Pluck and Luck. I . SPECIAL NOTIC:J!:: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from :._ enemy wanted to bury their dead. It was in front Of Her'Derts brigade. One of bis aides inquired as to whose comihand it Wl!S in front of them General St. Clair's brigade ,,, said the Confe(lerate. newsdealer send the pric e in rrfoney or postage s tamp& by 'when General heard of that he 'Yent out and saw the young officer in charge of the burial squad. "D

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