Rebel (The Starbuck Chronicles #1)

By Bernard Cornwell

When Richmond landowner Washington Faulconer snatches younger Nate Starbuck from the grip of a Yankee-hating mob, Nate is either thankful and awed by means of his idealistic rescuer. To pay off his generosity, he enlists within the Faulconer legion to struggle opposed to his domestic, the North, and opposed to his abolitionist father. while the regiment joins up, able to march into the ferocious conflict at Buff Run, the lads are ready to begin a struggle . . . yet they don't seem to be prepared for a way they—and the nation—will be perpetually replaced by means of the oaths they've got sworn for his or her liked South.

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She’s most likely a grimy piece of labor, yet without doubt she will be able to stitch or have a tendency shop. ” Faulconer had laid a walnut field on his table, which he now became around in order that the lid’s capture confronted Starbuck. “I don’t imagine this can be for you, Nate, yet have a look at her. She’s very beautiful. ” Starbuck raised the walnut lid to bare a stunning ivory-handled revolver that lay in a specifically formed compartment coated with blue velvet. different velvet-lined booths held the gun’s silver-rimmed powder horn, bullet mould and crimper. The gold-lettered label contained in the lid learn “R. Adams, Patentee of the Revolver, seventy nine King William road, London EC. ” “I got her in England years in the past. ” The Colonel lifted the gun and caressed its barrel. “She’s a stunning factor, isn’t she? ” “Yes, sir, she is. ” And the gun did certainly look attractive within the tender morning gentle that filtered previous the lengthy white drapes. the form of the weapon was once marvelously matched to operate, a wedding of engineering and layout so completely completed that for a number of seconds Starbuck even forgot precisely what the gun’s functionality was once. “Very beautiful,” Washington Faulconer acknowledged reverently. “I’ll take her to the Baltimore and Ohio in a few weeks. ” “The Baltimore…,” Starbuck all started, then stopped as he learned he had now not misheard. So the Colonel nonetheless desired to lead his raid at the railroad? “But i assumed our troops at Harper’s Ferry had blocked the road, sir. ” “So they've got, Nate, yet I’ve chanced on the autos are nonetheless working so far as Cumberland, then they circulate their provides on via street and canal. ” Faulconer positioned the gorgeous Adams revolver away. “And it nonetheless turns out to me that the Confederacy is being too quiescent, too nervous. we have to assault, Nate, now not take a seat round watching for the North to strike at us. we have to set the South alight with a victory! we have to convey the North that we’re males, no longer craven mudsills. we want a short, absolute victory that might be written throughout each newspaper in the USA! anything to place our identify within the background books! A victory to start the Legion’s historical past. ” He smiled. “How does that sound? ” “It sounds remarkable, sir. ” “And you’ll include us, Nate, I promise. carry me Truslow, you then and that i will experience to the rails and holiday a couple of heads. yet you wish a gun first, so how approximately this beast? ” The Colonel provided Nate an awkward, long-barreled, gruesome revolver with an old style hook-curved hilt, an ungainly swan-necked hammer and triggers. The Colonel defined that the reduce ring set off revolved the cylinder and cocked the hammer, whereas the higher lever fired the cost. “She’s a brute to fire,” Faulconer admitted, “until you examine the knack of freeing the reduce set off earlier than you pull the higher one. yet she’s a powerful factor. she will be able to take a knock or and nonetheless cross on killing. She’s heavy and that makes her tough to try, yet you’ll get used to her. And she’ll scare the wits out of someone you aspect her at. ” The pistol was once an American-made Savage, 3 and a part kilos in weight and over a foot in size.

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