A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'furlough' mean?

Find out what furlough means. Furlough is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

furlough

A leave from duty, as granted by a superior officer.

The term "furlough" is used in my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, as follows:

(Pages 150-151)
Meanwhile, the Confederacy passed the Conscription Act, which required all men aged eighteen years and older to enlist. Many felt the law was a contradiction to state sovereignty, which was what the Confederacy was founded on. Newspapers reported that Fort Pulaski, located at the mouth of the Savannah River, had fallen, and Union forces captured it by using rifled cannon. They also printed that, on April 12, what was being called the “Great Locomotive Chase” took place. Several Federal volunteers had attempted to steal the Confederate locomotive, General, but were discovered as they headed north from Big Shanty, Georgia. The Confederate crew of the Texas chased the General in reverse, 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 up. 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.

(Page 243)
“He’s on furlough.”

(Page 274)
Lee nodded in response without displaying an ounce of emotion. He informed the men that those who could go home were granted “furloughs of indulgence,” since the winter campaign had come to a close. Bud knew what was required of him, although it was the last thing on earth he wanted to do. Melodic strains from a Federal band wafted across the river, but “Home Sweet Home” only deepened his sorrow.

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...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. ..."

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
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"... didn’t say nothin’, so that’s when I said—” “Okay. I’ll go tell her myself. Now what’s this about Owen Ridgeway?” “He’s on furlough.” “And he’s comin’ here?” “Yup.” Jake squinted at his friend. “What’re you thinkin’, David?” “Oh, nothin’. ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
"...Lee nodded in response without displaying an ounce of emotion. He informed the men that those who could go home were granted “furloughs of indulgence,” since the winter campaign had come to a close. Bud knew what was required of him, although it was the last thing on earth he wanted to do. Melodic strains from a Federal band wafted across the river, but “Home Sweet Home” only deepened his sorrow. ..."
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"... scoutin’ the area for deserters,” the soldier holding the reins responded. “I ain’t no deserter!” After days of sleeplessness, Bud’s temper flared easily. “I’m home on furlough.” “Which regiment you with?” inquired another, whose face was hidden behind a thick ..."
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"... first soldier. “Produce your papers.” Bud glared at him. “I don’t have ‘em with me. I told y’all, I’m home on furlough. I left ‘em back at the house.” The men exchanged glances and chuckles, making Bud bristle. “Now lookee here!” The other four soldiers quickly pulled ..."

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