Trail-Makers of the Middle Border

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CHAPTER X
Within the Lines

IN the first days of his leisure, Richard took occasion to study the disposition of the troops and the character of the ground over which they must pass to enter the city. He located the head-quarters of Grant and also those of McPherson and other division commanders, awed by the swiftly assembled armies. It was like witnessing the opening scenes of a colossal play.

All day long, the sound of bugles, the rattle of cannonwheels, the blare of drums denoted the arrival of troops and the placing of batteries. Long rows of tents appeared on the ridges like strange blooms, and from the ramparts of the enemy the voices of defiant cannon broke. It was all so vast, so grandly terrifying that the Wisconsin woodsman forgot all else in the glow of his exultant pride. What he had done up to this moment seemed of no account. His heart filled with a wish to do some larger deed. He was not one to look on while others worked.

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