Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription biELLICHA1iPE.
. CHAPTER I.
THE CURTAIN RISES.
THE battle of Dorchester was over ; the victorious partisans,
successful in their object, and bearing away with them the
prisoner whom they had rescued from the felon's death, were
already beyond the reach of their enemies, when Major Proc-
tor, the commander of the British post, sallied forth from his
station in the hope to retrieve, if possible, the fortunes of the
day. A feeling of delicacy, and a genuine sense of pain,
had prompted him to depute to a subordinate officer the duty
of attending Colonel Walton to the place of execution. The
rescue of the prisoner had the effect of inducing in his mind
a feeling of bitter self-reproach. The mortified pride of the
soldier, tenacious of his honor, and scrupulous on the subject
of his trust, succeeded to every feeling of mere human forbear-
ance ; and, burning with shame and indignation, the moment
he heard a vague account of the defeat of the guard and the
rescue of Walton, he led forth the entire force at his command,
resolute to recover the fugitive or redeem his forfeited credit
by his blood. He had not been prepared for such an event as
that which has been already narrated in the last pages of
" The Partisan," and was scarcely less surprised, though more
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