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The Hero of Gettysburg, and: Reconstruction

The Hero of Gettysburg, and: Reconstruction Carmine Sarracino The Hero of Gettysburg As the rebel troops descended upon Gettysburg, one of her eldest citizens, the seventy-five-year-old veteran of the War of 1812, John Burns, donned his old uniform, seized his trusty musket and rushed to the thickest of the battle, where he fought with honor and courage unsurpassed upon the field, until at last receiving wounds that ended his heroic fight. Harpers Weekly, August 23, 1863 1. The damn tallow-faced sissy! You have musket and powder, says he, but no balls. ­ I run bullets all night, pourin' pewter till dawn. What? says I. You chicken-liver! I've balls aplenty! Let's march! And him grinnin' that tallow face. So I hied out for the ridge alone. Headin' for an infernal cracklement of guns. "Welcome, Father Time!" says a Wisconsin Johnny, "Fall in at my elbow and anchor the line, for you'll not skedaddle on them hobbled shanks!" ­ What? says I. And jumps both feet off'n the ground! I hoist my rifle over head, jumpin' up and down. But before I can make him eat his words 151 woof! off he goes like a torpedo hisself a'spatterin' me all with brains and whatnot. I commence http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Prairie Schooner University of Nebraska Press

The Hero of Gettysburg, and: Reconstruction

Prairie Schooner , Volume 80 (3)

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Carmine Sarracino The Hero of Gettysburg As the rebel troops descended upon Gettysburg, one of her eldest citizens, the seventy-five-year-old veteran of the War of 1812, John Burns, donned his old uniform, seized his trusty musket and rushed to the thickest of the battle, where he fought with honor and courage unsurpassed upon the field, until at last receiving wounds that ended his heroic fight. Harpers Weekly, August 23, 1863 1. The damn tallow-faced sissy! You have musket and powder, says he, but no balls. ­ I run bullets all night, pourin' pewter till dawn. What? says I. You chicken-liver! I've balls aplenty! Let's march! And him grinnin' that tallow face. So I hied out for the ridge alone. Headin' for an infernal cracklement of guns. "Welcome, Father Time!" says a Wisconsin Johnny, "Fall in at my elbow and anchor the line, for you'll not skedaddle on them hobbled shanks!" ­ What? says I. And jumps both feet off'n the ground! I hoist my rifle over head, jumpin' up and down. But before I can make him eat his words 151 woof! off he goes like a torpedo hisself a'spatterin' me all with brains and whatnot. I commence

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