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By Bernard Cornwell

The loved accomplice Captain Nate Starbuck returns to front traces of the Civil conflict during this moment installment of Bernard Cornwell's acclaimed Nathaniel Starbuck Chronicles. it's the summer season of 1862, and Nate has been bloodied yet positive on the battles of Ball's Bluff and 7 Pines. yet he cannot get away his Northern roots, and it is just an issue of time till he is accused of being a Yankee secret agent, pursued, and brutally interrogated. To transparent his identify, he needs to locate the genuine traitor—a seek that may require striking braveness, persistence, and a deadly odyssey via enemy territory.

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Conceal your flag, guy! ” chook referred to as to a chippie who was once defiantly flying the hot accomplice conflict flag above his store. “Fold it away! cover it! We’ll be again! ” “Is an individual at the back of you, Colonel? ” The wood worker inadvertently gave chicken a promoting. “Just a few cavalry. After that it’s all Yankees! ” “Give them bastards an outstanding whipping, Colonel! ” the chippie acknowledged as he reached for his flag. “We’ll do our greatest. strong success to you! ” The Legion left the small city in the back of and marched stolidly alongside a rainy and muddy highway that have been torn aside by way of the passage of refugee wagons. the line resulted in Fredericksburg, the place the Legion could pass the river, then wreck the bridge sooner than becoming a member of the majority of the southern military. so much of that military was once chickening out on a highway farther west which went direct to Culpeper courtroom condominium the place common Johnston had his new headquarters. Johnston was once assuming that the Yankees might swing large in an try to flip the river line and nice conflict might accordingly have to be fought in Culpeper County; it might be a conflict, fowl saw to Starbuck, which might make the struggle at Manassas appear like a skirmish. The Legion’s retreat took them via that outdated battlefield. To their correct used to be the lengthy hill down which they'd fled in disease after stalling the Yankees’ shock assault, and to their left was once the steeper hill the place Stonewall Jackson had ultimately held, grew to become, and repelled the northern military. That conflict was once 8 months long ago, but nonetheless the steep hill confirmed the scars of artillery moves. within reach the line used to be a stone condominium the place Starbuck had watched the surgeons reduce and observed at wounded flesh, and within the backyard of the home was once a shallow grave trench that have been washed skinny via the winter’s rain in order that the knobbly-headed stumps of bones confirmed white above the crimson soil. there has been a good within the backyard the place Starbuck remembered slaking his thirst in the course of the day’s poor, powder-exacerbated warmth. a gaggle of stragglers, sullen and defiant, now squatted beside the good. The stragglers, them all from regiments that have been marching prior to the Legion, pissed off Truslow. “They’re imagined to be males, ain’t they? no longer girls. ” The Legion handed a growing number of such laggards. a number of have been ill and will no longer support themselves, yet such a lot have been easily drained or being affected by blistered toes. Truslow tangled up at them, yet even Truslow’s savage scorn couldn't convince the stragglers to disregard the blood filling their boots and to maintain on marching. quickly a number of the males from the Legion’s prime businesses all started losing again. “It ain’t right,” Truslow complained to Starbuck. “Go on like this and we’ll lose part the military. ” He observed 3 males from the Legion’s an organization and he stormed over to them, bellowing on the chickenhearted bastards to maintain strolling. the 3 males missed him, so Truslow punched the tallest of the 3, losing him to the floor. “Get up, you son of a whinge! ” Truslow shouted. the guy shook his head, then squirmed within the dust as Truslow kicked him within the guts.

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