| American History Stories, Volume IV|
|by Mara L. Pratt|
|Stories of the great conflict from the time Lincoln became president and the southern states seceded, through the battles of Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, until the close of the war. Includes poems, songs, and illustrations commemorating the events. Ages 8-12 |
BATTLE OF MILL SPRING---1862
 In the battle of Mill Spring, the Confederates were put
to flight by the Yankees.
One gentleman, whose slave had been sent with the
Confederates into this battle, was questioning Sambo about what
he had seen. Oftentimes these negroes were much brighter
than their masters gave them credit for being.
"Well, Sambo, how long did it take you to march to the
"'Bout four days, massa," was the reply.
"That was pretty good marching, I'm sure. How long
did it take you to march back?"
"'Bout two days, massa."
Only two days! why, that's strange. I shouldn't suppose
soldiers after a long battle could march faster than before it."
"Dunno nuffin 'bout dat, massa; but I speck the music
make de difference. You see, we marched there to the tune
of Dixie; but we come back to tune of Fire! fire! fire!
Run boys! Run!"
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