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"Antietam: The Lost Command"
by Lee Davis

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In 1862, Brittany Smithe-Stevens from Australia, Mountain Grandberry, from the US state of Virginia, and their 12-year-old drummer boy, nicknamed Drum, are soldiers in the Confederate Army. When their division is defeated and they are taken prisoner, General George McClellan, commander of the Union Army, summons them to his office and asks them to explain the new game of baseball. When Drum finds himself alone with McClellan, he knocks the General unconscious with a bat and the three prisoners make their escape along the Potomac River. Soon, however, it is decided that they should turn back and warn General Lee that McClellan is planning an ambush at Antietam. Drum has a wound on his leg and thinks the others can travel faster without him, so he turns himself in and is sentenced to hang in a town called Sharpsburg at noon along with Rose Greenhow, known as Rebel Rose. Brit and Mountain rescue Drum and Rose and ride into the hills of Pennsylvania. Rose takes the group to Washington D.C., where Doctor Hendrix operates on Drum's leg.  Meanwhile Britt and Mountain have a good meal at the home of a woman who says she is Rose's mother. The woman is, in reality, a spy. She alerts McClellan and his top field detective, Pinkerton. Britt and Rose are taken by train back to Sharpsburg, where Brit is jailed. Rose visits him disguised as an old woman and opens the jail door with a passkey. Brit, in tribute to Mountain and Drum, blows up McClellan's munitions shack, using some of the skills Mountain taught him. Rose is sent by the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, to Europe. Britt fights in the Battle of Antietam under General Longstreet and earns a Commendation of Bravery.

 
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