A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...Almost immediately, voting began to determine who would lead what was now known as the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, consisting of fourteen hundred men and ten companies: the Governor’s Guards and the Magnolia Cadets from Dallas County, the Tuskegee Zouaves from Macon County, the Canebrake Rifles of Perry and Marengo Counties, the Conecuh Guards from Conecuh County, the Marion Light Infantry of Perry County, the Lauderdale ..."
"...On the following day, May 6, Arkansas seceded from the Union, and on the following day, the 4th Alabama was inducted into Confederate service, mustered in for the duration of one year. Following several days of idleness, the recruits embarked yet again via train to Strasburg, Virginia, arriving on May 11. The weather had become partly cloudy, to the men’s delight. They rested in the afternoon, and prepared ..."
"...from the Marshall House Hotel, which was visible from Washington. The colonel attempted to remove it himself, but was shot in the chest with a double-barrel shotgun by the proprietor of the hotel, James W. Jackson, who in return was shot and bayoneted to death. Few members of the 4th Alabama expressed remorse for the loss of Ellsworth, especially since he had been a close friend of President Lincoln. In their opinion, it was only a shame that Jackson had been murdered for defending his rights. ..."
"... if you men are still dissatisfied with my performance, I will dutifully resign afterward.” This declaration seemed to quell the 4th Alabama’s discontentment, at least for the time being. May gave way to June, and a week later, Tennessee seceded from the Union. Bud didn’t hesitate to ..."
"...It wasn’t long before the Yankees came into view: their appearance seemed surreal. The men of the 4th Alabama were confronted with the entire advancing Union Army. As they neared, the regiments on either side of the North Alabamians fell away. Colonel Jones ordered his men to hold fast their line of defense while he had them march up a hill to a low fence surrounding a cornfield. ..."
"...The 4th Alabama was finally flanked. As the regiment was commanded to retire, Old Battalion was hit in the leg, forcing Colonel Jones to dismount. In a hail of bullets, he too was hit in both thighs, and crumbled to the ground with a broken left leg. Law immediately took command, managing ..."
"... rivulets, but he said nothing. The Yankees fled northeast toward Washington, and in their chaos, became more panic-stricken, until their escape became a rout. The 4th Alabama, however, could only observe from a distance, since their exhaustion immobilized them. “Has anyone seen my cousin?” ..."
"... Races.” As other reports came in, it was estimated that the 4th Alabama lost nearly two hundred men. Those who survived could feel nothing but animosity toward their foe, for the northerners were indeed their enemies, out to kill them all … but not if the Rebels killed them first. ..."

Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"...“No, Ma. I quit doin’ that.” He handed her the fish. Noticing the newspaper lying on the table, he gazed at the front page. “Governor Moore gave a speech about Pa’s regiment!” he exclaimed, and read on. “It says here that he praises the accomplishments of the 4th Alabama for chasin’ off four regiments of Yankees. And in return, the state legislature has given its official thanks and distinction for their remarkable display of cohesion and fightin’ ability. They’re heroes!” He grinned, and with a laugh, added, “They’re callin’ it the Great Skedaddle, because the Yankees ran away!” ..."
"...flag, the deceased’s sword, and wreaths of fresh flowers and evergreens. Pallbearers including both citizens and soldiers walked on either side of the hearse while it made its way down the street. Behind it, an infantryman rode Old Battalion, who had come home with his master. Members of the 4th Alabama marched behind to a requiem that the band played in accompaniment, followed by the mayor and Huntsville aldermen. Next were the colonel’s relatives, who rode in a black carriage, and various citizens in vehicles and on foot, trailing behind in a long succession. ..."

Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"...Caroline received another letter from Hiram the following week, informing her that the 4th Alabama had established their winter camp in the Virginia wilderness. He apologized, but didn’t foresee the possibility of returning home for Christmas. Hiding her disappointment, she put on a smile, told her children that their brave father was staying in Virginia for the holidays, and carried on as if it ..."

Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...The weather had been typical, although Hiram, Bud, and the rest of their regiment thought differently, since they were unaccustomed to Virginia’s snowy winters. General Joe Johnston’s Army of Northern Virginia established their winter quarters, and the camp sprawled from Fredericksburg southwest into the Shenandoah Valley, with the 4th Alabama constructing their site near Manassas Junction at Dumfries. ..."
"...The 4th Alabama’s commanding officers had either returned or resigned. Captain Tracy had been transferred and promoted in August. Major Scott, a typical old Southern gentleman, returned home to recuperate, and was replaced by Captain Bowles. Lawrence Scruggs was appointed captain of the North Alabamians. ..."
"...The 4th Alabama received word that Stonewall Jackson had attacked Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley, forcing the Yankees to rush back to Washington and defend the city from a possible Confederate attack. They also learned that Nathan Bedford Forrest’s men were on the move in Tennessee, and great concern arose over ..."
"...General Johnston relocated the 4th Alabama to join with the main army south of the Rappahannock and moved it in the direction of Richmond. In early March, he learned that McClellan was encroaching, so he hastily transferred his troops from Centreville, leaving behind half-cooked food and property belonging to the Confederate army. He moved his ..."
"...and finally captured it north of Ringgold. The story made great fodder for adventure-seeking readers. Hiram knew it wouldn’t be long before dime novels exploited the event, which meant his son would eagerly devour it. Still waiting to embark on an adventure of their own, the men of the 4th Alabama sat poised on their haunches, impatiently waiting for another battle. They learned that Huntsville had become occupied and vowed vengeance in whatever capacity they could manage, be it when they returned home on furlough, or sooner. ..."

Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"...Their relatively comfortable existence was soon disrupted, however, because they were ordered to march up the peninsula to Richmond. Before they reached Williamsburg, which was only twelve miles from Yorktown, the 4th Alabama was moved ahead of Johnston’s entire army, along with the Third Brigade, the 18th Georgia, Hampton’s Legion, and General John Bell Hood’s Texans. The troops proceeded to West Point on the York River, but the going was slow because of ankle-deep mud and heavy rain. Exhausted and without rations, ..."
"...After a while, the 4th Alabama became restless, with nothing to break up the monotony of their inactivity, except for their artillery, which fired halfheartedly at the Union army’s observation balloon. Hiram’s messmates expressed their discontent about being idle as well, and Blue Hugh complained the most, living up to his nickname. Hiram expected the ..."
"...men of Company G, the Marion Light Infantry, stacked their guns against one of the oaks, and went to sleep beneath it. During the night, a terrible electrical storm blew in. A bolt of lightning hit the tree, destroyed the guns, killed one soldier, and injured forty-six others. The 4th Alabama expressed sadness for losing their comrades before they were ordered to march. Hiram wondered if such a great loss was a terrible indication of what was to come, but he kept his daunting thoughts to himself. ..."
"...that General Smith was relieved of command. Lee promptly renamed his soldiers. What had previously been known as the “Army of the Potomac” became the “Army of Northern Virginia.” For his first act of authority, he commanded his troops to “strike the tent,” and returned them to Richmond. The 4th Alabama had lost eight of their own, and nineteen were wounded. General Whiting was placed in command of the division, while Colonel Law was designated as brigade commander. The men had “seen the elephant” once more, and speculated about when the beast would reappear to rear its ugly head. ..."

Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...On June 17, General Lee sent the 4th Alabama and Hood’s Texans to the Shenandoah Valley to support Stonewall Jackson, while Union General McDowell was ordered to defend Washington against Jackson’s advance. Hiram’s regiment marched 150 miles, and was allowed to rest for only one day during the journey. Eight days later, the men bivouacked near Ashland, twelve ..."
"... upon them. Lieutenant Colonel McLemore, who had been promoted to the 4th Alabama in May, appeared at the front of the line. Marching backward, he faced his Confederates and loudly ordered the march: “Guide center, keep in step! One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four!” The 4th ..."
"... One, two, three, four! One, two, three, four!” The 4th Alabama responded, as if they were in a dress parade, until they passed the Virginians. Given the command, the Rebels charged, bounding toward their foe with a shrill, screeching yell. Caught in the whirlwind, Hiram charged fearlessly. ..."
"...It was discovered the following day that the 4th Alabama lost twenty-three, including Captain Armistead and Captain Price, and 109 were either wounded or missing. Jim Harrison of Company D received admiration for his ability to capture twenty-three men and an officer. In the excitement of battle, he had unintentionally jumped into a trench filled with Federals, so he ..."
"... On June 29, the Rebels crossed the bridge and followed the retreating Union army to Malvern Hill, where McClellan made a stand. The 4th Alabama was subjected to heavy artillery fire while they supported their batteries, until darkness fell, when they were forced to endure a heavy thunderstorm. ..."
"...played out before the Alabamians was nothing less than heartrending. They could see at least five thousand dead or wounded soldiers. A third of the victims lay still in death, but the rest were alive, crawling over the battlefield like maggots on a carcass. Only two men of the 4th Alabama were killed, but thirteen were wounded. ..."
"...a nurse. General McClellan retreated to his gunboats on the James River, while General Jackson moved his troops to Harrison’s Landing. They arrived on July 3, and remained there for five more days, until General Lee ordered his army back to Richmond, and restructured it into two corps. The 4th Alabama fell under the command of Generals Lee and Longstreet, and General Jackson led the other corps. General Whiting was transferred, so General Hood took his command. While camped at Richmond, the men acquired new clothing, cooking utensils, kettles, frying pans, and “spiders,” or skillets. ..."
"...part of August recuperating. Jackson moved to Gordonsville, where he encountered Pope, and deceived the Union general by lighting numerous fires to make his forces appear larger than they were. This stratagem proved effective, because Pope retreated, but not before Jackson captured a portion of his army. Meanwhile, the 4th Alabama repositioned from Richmond to Gordonsville to support Jackson. After spending three months in Richmond, they were more than happy to be back on the march. Hiram and Bud joked between themselves as they tramped along, while Bo the dog obediently trotted behind Orange Hugh. ..."
"...Two days later, the Rebels continued their pursuit of the Federals. They reached the Rappahannock, and moved upriver under constant shelling from their adversaries. The 4th Alabama was ordered to the front of the advancing Confederates. They charged, driving the Yankees into the river. As a result, many who couldn’t swim drowned, while others were killed or captured. ..."
"...Quickening their pace, the men of the 4th Alabama ran hunched over, and reached the cover of a hill, where the belching cannons had no effect. Seeing that they were being overtaken, the Yankees fell back, but not before some members of the 4th managed to wrestle a sponge staff from one of the artillery gunners and take ..."
"...into them. The two opposing forces clashed in hand-to-hand combat until the Yankees finally retreated. Pope marched out one column after another, only to have each one repelled. Jackson’s men used all of their ammunition, so they had to fight off the advancing Union soldiers by hurling rocks. The 4th Alabama continued to observe until they were called upon, along with General Longstreet’s men, to support Jackson. They rushed to his rescue, and the Yankees were finally forced to retreat, leaving their dead and dying on the field. All the while, artillery from both sides continued firing canister and grapeshot. ..."

Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...awakened to the sound of McClellan’s army attacking the Georgians, who had come to their relief the previous night. For an hour and a half, the battle raged, until General Hood was called upon for assistance. He brought his two brigades to the front, one of which included the 4th Alabama. As they were ordered to line up, Orange Hugh approached his messmates in a panic. ..."
"...An hour passed. McLaws’ Division arrived from Harpers Ferry, moved to the front, and immediately became engaged, while the 4th Alabama was held in reserve. The fighting was intense, until darkness finally interrupted it, with neither side emerging triumphant. Soon the Alabamians fell asleep from utter exhaustion, but were roused in the middle of the night, and marched across the Potomac to the Virginia side. ..."
"...During the following days, reports came in that the battle was declared a draw, although General Lee pulled his troops back onto Confederate soil. The cornfield that the Alabamians had marched across was mowed down by bullets, as though cut with a scythe. The 4th Alabama came out better than most, with only eight dead and thirty-six wounded. Hood’s Texans lost nearly 80 percent of their troops, as well as their colors. The battle was the bloodiest single day since the war’s start, the casualties so excessive that both sides called a truce at one ..."

Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
"...Hiram glanced around at his comrades, who were entrenched on either side of him, waiting for another Yankee advance. With time to reflect, he thought back to the previous month’s events. The 4th Alabama had abandoned their encampment for Culpeper Court House, and stayed there until November 22, when Lee discovered that Burnside was headed north from Richmond, so he assembled his troops near the quaint town of Fredericksburg. The Confederate army swelled to almost twice its size, due to returning soldiers who ..."
"...They also spent time exploring the town, as well as the terrain north of camp. Fredericksburg had been nearly evacuated, except for a few citizens who still remained, because their only other option was to camp in the snowy woods until danger passed. On a few rare occasions, the 4th Alabama was detailed to picket duty in town, where they stayed inside deserted homes that housed fine paintings, extensive libraries, and lovely furniture, or they stood guard outside on the piazzas, and in the immaculate sculptured gardens, gazing across the river at the Union soldiers’ tents. They noticed how finely ..."

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