| 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 |
 At one of the hospitals, was a boy of twenty, who had
been shot in the eyes. He used to enjoy sitting by the
window, his eyes bandaged, and singing: "O, I'm a sojer boy!"
"What's your name, my boy?" asked a visitor.
"Joe Parsons, sir?"
"What is the matter with you?"
"Blind, sir, blind as a bat; shot at Antietam.
"But it might ha' been worse," he said. "I'm thankful
I'm alive, sir."
"You see, I was hit, yer see, and it knocked me down.
I lay there all night, and in the morning the fight began
again. I could stand the pain, but the balls were flyin' all
round, and I wanted to get away. At last I heard a groan
"Hallo," said I. "Hallo, yourself," said he.
"Who are you?" said I. "A Gray Jacket?"
"Yes," said he; "and you're a Blue Jacket."
"My leg is broken," said he.
"Can you see?" said I.
"Well, I can't; but, I can walk. Now if you'll do the
 seeing, I'll do the walking and get us both away from here."
"All right; agreed."
"So that's the way we saved ourselves. And now I'm
getting along pretty well."
"But my poor boy," said the visitor, "you will never see
"Yes I know that, but—'I'm a bold, bold sojer boy.'"
"A bold, bold sojer boy"—and the visitor passed on, leaving
Joe singing as merry as a lark.
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