Daring and Suffering: A History of the Great Railroad by William Pittenger

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By William Pittenger

The complete kingdom was once excited, final spring, on the revelations made earlier than the President and the cupboard at Washington, by way of the survivors of basic Mitchel's mystery Railroad excursion, despatched into the guts of the Confederacy nearly a 12 months prior to. Of the twenty-two bold adventurers who took their lives of their palms and penetrated the enemy's nation, 8 have been done, and the others, after ache untold hardships, eventually succeeded in recrossing the strains and achieving their regiments within the Union military. They every one got a medal of honor from the fingers of the President. The narrative of the lengthy captivity, makes an attempt at get away, sufferings and sorrows, of those heroic infantrymen, is advised with a photo strength which right away rivets the reader's recognition. not anything within the heritage of our nation is extra startling than this experience, not anything so heart-touching because the protracted trials and privations of the prisoned adventurers, as comparable via the pen of the proficient writer of this paintings. The booklet is illustrated by way of an exceptional metal portrait of the writer, and several other beautiful wooden engravings, and published within the maximum variety of typographical attractiveness.

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It was a time for solemn thought; but we were too weary to indulge in speculations of the future. We retired to bed in the Tremont House, and were soon folded in sweet slumbers - the last time we slept on a bed for many weary months. THE GREAT RAILROAD ADVENTURE. C H A P T E R 57 I V . Take an Early Train - Prospecting - Capture of the Train - Panic in Confederate Camp - Away at Lightning Speed - Thrilling Experience - Cut the Telegraph Tear up the Track - Unexpected Obstacle - Running a Powder Train to Beauregard - Red Flag - Dropping Cross-Ties - Battering out Spikes - Immense Exertion of Strength - Pursuing Backward - Terrible Chase - Attempt to Wreck the Enemy’s Train - Fearful Speed Bold Plan.

Andrews, and one or two others, went forward and examined the track, to see if everything was in readiness for a rapid start. Oh! what a thrilling moment was that! Our hearts throbbed thick and fast with emotions we dared not manifest to those who were loafing indifferently around. ” Just as quietly and carelessly we arose and followed him.

These names were a great advantage to us, because always having some one to inquire for, and being recommended from one influential man to another, it was taken for granted that we were trustworthy characters, and few questions asked. That night we were within a few miles of Hillsboro’, but so much were we delayed by the rain, that we began to fear we could not reach our destination in time. My feet, too, were sore from the gravel and dirt that filled my shoes in crossing the creeks, and wading through the mud, and already we were weary and stiff from THE GREAT RAILROAD ADVENTURE.

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