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By William Pittenger

The total kingdom was once excited, final spring, on the revelations made ahead of the President and the cupboard at Washington, through the survivors of common Mitchel's mystery Railroad excursion, despatched into the center of the Confederacy virtually a 12 months earlier than. Of the twenty-two bold adventurers who took their lives of their arms and penetrated the enemy's nation, 8 have been achieved, and the others, after agony untold hardships, ultimately succeeded in recrossing the traces and attaining their regiments within the Union military. They each one bought a medal of honor from the fingers of the President. The narrative of the lengthy captivity, makes an attempt at break out, sufferings and sorrows, of those heroic infantrymen, is advised with a picture strength which instantaneously rivets the reader's consciousness. not anything within the background of our state is extra startling than this event, not anything so heart-touching because the protracted trials and privations of the prisoned adventurers, as similar by way of the pen of the talented writer of this paintings. The e-book is illustrated via an exceptional metal portrait of the writer, and a number of other beautiful wooden engravings, and revealed within the optimum form of typographical attractiveness.

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At first we intended to go around the town, as it was the last station on our picket line. It was raining so hard that we thought we would not be interrupted in passing through it, but our guards were too vigilant for us. They stopped us, and after being for some time detained, and trying to play off the innocent Southern citizen, as hundreds do, we were THE GREAT RAILROAD ADVENTURE. 41 obliged to reveal our true character to the commanding officer of the post, which, of course, secured our release.

Not till nearly all their number had fallen did the survivors discover their mistake, and they slowly and sorrowfully returned to their wigwams. The plunderers, who had listened to their conflict in safety, being further up the mountains, were thus left to carry home their booty in triumph. But we had no leisure for legendary tales. The sun had set, and we stopped for the night with a rabid Secessionist, whom our soldierfriend on the mountain had recommended to us. He received us with open arms, shared with us the best his house afforded - giving us his bedroom, and sleeping with his family in the kitchen.

Of course, our entertainment here was composed of rather rude fare, but we ate the half-ground and half-baked corn bread, with the strong pork, and went on our way rejoicing. 46 DARING AND SUFFERING; OR CHAPTER III. Crossing the Mountains - Playing Hypocrite - Legend of Battle - Creek Valley - Lodged with a Secessionist Strategy - A Welcome but Fatal Delay - Exaggerated Accounts of Shiloh - Prevented from Crossing the Tennessee - In the Mountains Again - Amusing Rebel Story - To the River Again - Perilous Crossing - Success Chattanooga - On the Cars - Night - Arrive at Marietta.

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