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THE SCBANTON TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY MORNING. MAT 2, 1894.
Tlio couii J dispatched by the captain
of tho Federal troop reached tho lines
in due time and handed the message to
General Custer, whose brigade was in
winter quarters, but scouting and recon
tioitering almost daily. An order had
jeen issued by the genoral in eoinniHiid
at tho army in tho valley outlawing all
Confederate incgulars and directing
ipeeial attention to Mosby's band.
Within halt an hour after reoslving
;he courier Custer dispatched two com
panies of the Sixth Michigan cavalry,
with wetrnctions to push forward at a
gallop, and 80 minutes later ho fol
lowed them with tho Firet and Fifth
regiments and a battery of artillery.
The flying column fonndold I rak Baa
patiently wailing by the roadside and
stopped long enough to hear his BtOTy.
Ho gave then the lay of the camp oc
cupied by Kenton and Brayton and was
left behind to wait tor tie' mam column.
Perhaps tho besieging force was in
earnest in making tho statement which
fell from the lips of tho ting of truco
man as an alternative. Thoy had suf
fered too severely to try mother charge
up the narrow way, and the fusillade
maintained tor hours had been lead
thrown away. Ike Has tor had indeed
been sent away for re-en forcemenn and
u piece of artillery, and tho guerrilla
port ion of tho force was thirsting for re
vengo and rife tor the most desperate
deed. The girl had detied them, and
her lover had killed two or three of
their number, and somebody must bo.
made to sailer.
The sergeaDt in command of the squad
of Confederate cavalry had no control
over the guerrillas, bat when, as they
waited to luar from the men behind
the rocks, he heard them planning
to wreak their vengeance on Bent Ha
veu, he did all in his powe r to tUssaads
them. They seemed to abandon the
idea, but under pretense of "having a
talk" lour or live of them slip) . .1 away
and started tor the house. They were
Within 80 rodl Of it and had already di
vided np the wicked wo.-lt to be swiftly
accomplished when the dying sq ladron
turned a bmd in the highway an 1 w.e
tipon them. Tney turne 1 to l! . but
half a dozenrivi Ivetscraek-d, and tin y
were dead men as tho last set ot fuii;s
jumped over their bodies lying 00 th
highway. Xot a trooper Slackened his
rein or a horse broke his gallop.
"Halt! Dismount! Fourth men bold
bones I Deploy to the left I Forward
and lire at will!"
It was a complete surprise to theCon
federal y who had collected In a body
to hear what answer night be made to
the message sent in. Tin y made a .-how
ot defense! but alter a iig.it of Bvs min
utes, during which tbey lost 10 or II
men, they threw down their anus and
surreudurod. This event was known in
the camp almost as booh as outside of jt,
tod the cheers which BtSVS Bray ton ut
tered as be jierchod Mma It OB the (
were plainly heard us far as Best Ba D
"Yank, old boy. wo una is on the top
limb now," chuckled .Steve us be li spi d
down nod shook Kenton's hand. "Bein
usl'vegi.t sorter used to the night f
Yankee uniforms. I reckon I 'll dropovar
tli.tr and 'em about yo' and see
what's goin to bo doDS. "
"Hut tell them of Alius Percy first."
replied Kenton, whose anxiety waaftu
gwalst than ho had dared betray to bis
The prisoners were conducted to tho
highway and MI rounded by a guard,
and then the senior captain accnmpani"d
Brayton back to the camp. Tin y were
not long in deriding what should be
done with Kenton. They would remove
biin to Rest Haven, temporarily at ! ast,
bad the prisoners would bo held there
until the main column eaJM i'- A
rude litter was soon constructed, and
Kenton was placed tbl reou and borne
a feeling of dumb despair crept over
Marian Percy as she entered the bouse
after Unci" lien's departure and look d
upon her dead. The event was n t en
tirely unexpected, and yet it wasa great
shock to her, surrounded as it was by
such trying circumstances. The moth r
dead, Mrs. BaXtei gone, bei loVST
wounded and Ijesioged by bloodthirsty
men, Uncle lieu gOOS after help, an al
most certain kttOWlsdge that the worst
was yet to come what wonder that the
girl was stricken and belpleSSI The re
port of evwy musket reached her iurs,
The report of every musJict reached her
and now and then as tho firing died
away a littlu her heart stood still at the
thought that Kenton and his comrade
had been captured by those who thirsted
for their lives. She could only weep aDd
pray as tho hours dragged away. Hope
camo to her only when alio heard tho
clatter of iron hoofs on tho frozen roud
and looked out to behold tho two com
panies of Federal cavalry sweeping up
tho highway to tho rescue. Undo Ben
bad been in time, and she murmured,
"God bless him!" as she realized what
it meant. Tho dead guerrillas lay iu
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plain sight as tho troopers pushed on.
and she shuddered as the realized what
might have bcun. Tho dead were for
gotten for u moment in her anxiety for
the living. There had been no tiring for
tho last 10 minutes. Had thocampbeen
captured? Had help come too late? She
stood in tho open door and held herself
on her feet while she listened. A sud
den crash of musketry told her what she
was yearning to know. The Federal
troopers had attacked, and they wen
strong enough to beat off or annihilate
the besiegers. Half an hour later she
was crying and sobbing and saying to
the men who bore the litter:
"Carefully now! Bring him right in
this way! 1 am so glad! I was afraid
that ho was dead I"
The prisoners wero confined in the
barn. Of the entire force not one bad
escaped except lko Baxter, unci that
only because ho was absent. There were
a dozen or more dead men to bury, and
after awhilo u detail was sent back to
perform tho work, A dozen dead, but
no wounded. If yon wero in the valley
that winter, yen will recall tho bitter
ness existing between the "irregulsis,"
who wero practically bushwhackers and
guerrillas, and the Federal cavalry. No
prisoners wero taken on either lids. If
a Fedeial detachment was cut oil, never
a man it tninul to his lines. If a cou
rier was captured, he was shot in his
tracks or hung to tho lnubof moudsidc
tree. There wus no more mercy shown
on the other side. Tho capture ot an
armed man in citizen's dresser half
uniform meant that he had only lr min
utes to live at tho fin tin st. If he
claimed to belong to Mosby's band, be
c ourti d death the sooner. Men who r -1 1
iu a tight wi nt down to l e buried then'.
Custer with bis troopers found (Jncls
Ben eagerly awaiting them. The old
man was given a seat in an ambulance,
and Within a few minutes the general
had beard bis itory. Tho order was
given to push on at u faster pace, ,, i the
command reached Best Haven just .is
the prisoners hod been placid under
guard. A sorgeon accompanied the col-
in. iu, and while he was hmy dies.-ieg
Kenton's wounds General Ouster was
holding an interview with Marian Pi r
cy. The remit of this wan an order ti. it
the dead woman an l the wound, i man
should be taken back to tho F A i ,1
linsi the one ft r 1 a rial the other lot
proper medical treatment. Whatever
Manan wished to take away would be
transpi rted foi bx i. and the place would
be abandi Bed,
Bteve Brayton bad come out of the
affair a greater hero than ha hail ever
imped to be. Although frankly acknowl-
edging himself an escpd tr. i and
now ag.;iti captured by the inemien of
bis cause, every Federal who understood
bow he had fortified the cump and de
fl odod it to save a wound' d and Blmoal
helpless fellow Confederate Insisted on
taking bin by the band and tendering
him In ai ty congratulations. F.vn
b serai ( luster hlmaelf did not withhold
a word of pra; . after learning Cram
Marian and Kenton o( Brayton 'a brav
ery and self sacrifice,
"Waal, giiiei.il. I ilunno abOOt all
this," replied Btere, with a good deal
ofem'eana . i.t. "I!. l;on I was the
means of gittin that Yank into theC 'ii
federate asrvici . and n iw it looks as if
1 was the means of gittin him out and
myself along with him. Wo tins hov
ban driv outer the southern army by
that fent np at the camp, sod il yo out
don't take koer of us 1 reckon wo uos
will hev to bant a care sumwhar aacl
bide away till tho war is OV r. '
The packing up had been aecoin
pHshsd, and the dead woman was about
to be carried out ol the houo when the
burial party was driven in by a strong
fore of Confd"iates. lko Haiti r I el
galloped into the Confederate lines, only
h w or six milenawiiv. witli int. mate n
that speedily sent twocompanie, of cav
alry down tho road asa ro-enfurceflW nt
'no of thSSS was Captain Wyle's, and
ho sniili d giimly as hu rec alled the cir
rnmstinrss of his last ride over this
lko Baxter had come into camp on a
previous occasion to reiort that Kenton
and Brayton were hiding out near llet
Bavcn, and that ho had been nearly
killed by Uncle Ben while trying to fol
low him to the hiding place of tho fugi
tives. Captain Wyle would wash his
hands of tho affair, but n detachment
was sent away with orders to hunt dowu
and bring in tho prisoners. Steve Bray
ton might bo brought iu, but ho very
well know that Ken ton would not be,
whother found wounded and helpless or
not. After th detaebmni hail aceora
pliahed its work ho would seek u meet
ing with Marian Petcy, but not before.
Sho could not hold bun responsible for
the action of others.
As tho Confederates camo down the
road in pursuit of the burial party Cus
tor ordered forward three or four com
panies, and tho pursuers became in turn
tho pursued. But nut for long. A heavy
forco of troopers iu gray were coming
up, and even a child could have told
whnt that look on Uencral Custer's face
portrayed. For long weeks ho had tried
to bring on a cavalry tight. Tho hour
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