Dead West: Last Ride of the Carver

Dead West: Last Ride of the Carver

by Eric Borden

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Lee has surrendered, and the Civil War is over. Eldridge Davis, a grizzled Confederate captain and celebrated hero for the South, returns home to Georgia. Once there he learns the true reason for his homecoming: to preside over the trial of his grandson, Caleb. Caleb fought for the Union, and now he?s to stand trial for treason against the Confederacy.

But the war is over, and Eldridge can?t reconcile the loss of one more life in the course of a conflict he never wanted?especially when that life belongs to his kin. Eldridge?s choice sets in motion a chain of events that unleashes a force more destructive than any war and forces him to show his enemies how he earned the fearsome moniker of the Chickamauga Carver.

?I don?t know what it was made them boys lost their lives in the swamp that night, rise from the dead like they did. Some say it was pure hate.

One thing I do know...

everything came after, it?s been pure hell.?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781458214874
Publisher: Abbott Press
Publication date: 03/28/2014
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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Dead West

Last Ride of the Carver


By Eric Borden, Melissa Dalton

Abbott Press

Copyright © 2014 Eric Borden
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4582-1487-4


CHAPTER 1

Georgia 1865


WHO DO you suppose THAT IS?

HARD TO SAY.

PROBABLY MEANS WE'RE GOING TO GET TO PUT THAT TIMBER IN THE YARD TO GOOD USE.

GOOD THING TOO. THOSE BOYS ARE RIPE.

HEY OLD TIMER. BRING YOUR HORSE TO THE STABLES FOR YOU?

NO. YOU BOYS JUST STAY ON THE PORCH.

IF YOU'D HAVE GOTTEN OFF SOONER WE MIGHT HAVE WON THIS WAR. BESIDES HE LIKES THE RAIN.

IS THAT HIM? IS THAT THE CARVER?

YOU SEE HIS EYE JUST LIKE I DO.

THE CHICKAMALIGA CARVER IS HERE.

SURE AS SHIT SOMEONE GONNA DIE

HOW WAS YOUR TRIP, CAPTAIN?

PRETTY GOOD, SIR.

NOWHERE IS THERE MORE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SIDE THAN THE BIG CYPRESS OF GEORGIA.

INDEED.

I TRUST IT WENT WITHOUT INCIDENT?

WE'VE BROLIGHT THE MAN OUT HERE FOR A REASON AND A PRESSING ONE.

SHALL WE ATTEND TO THE MATTER AT HAND?

OF COURSE. PLEASE.

THE LORD IS A REFLIGE FOR THE OPPRESSED, A STRONGHOLD IN TIMES OF TROUBLE.

HUH?

GRANDPA.

HOW YOU, BUG? YOU LOOK SKINNY? I SEE YOU'RE STILL READING THE BOOK.

I'M GOOD GRANDPA.

I READ IT EVERY DAY. HOW ABOUT YOU?

NO. I GAVE IT UP.

NOT HAD MUCH USE FOR IT IN ...

THE PAST YEARS ...

WHAT ARE THESE? WHAT'S THE REASON YOU GOT MY KIN IN CHAINS?

THE WAR IS OVER. LEE SURRENDERED. WE ALL GET TO GO HOME.

YES WE DO. AS SOON AS WE PROSECUTE THIS MAN FOR HIS CULPABILITY IN THE DEATH OF SO MANY SOUTHERN SONS.

HE IS A SOUTHERN SON. WHEN THE LINES WERE DRAWN HE WAS AWAY AT SCHOOL. BUT NOW HE'S HOME. NOT A SOUL GIVES A CARE HOW HE GOT HERE EXCEPT YOU?

WELL ... AND YOU CAPTAIN. YOU CARE.

THE COLONEL AND I EXPECT YOU TO DO YOUR DUTY.

YOUR INCLUSION IN THIS TRIBUNAL WAS MERELY A MATTER OF CONVENIENCE.

NO OTHER OFFICER WAS TO BE HAD GIVEN THE STATE OF DISARRAY OUR FORCES FIND THEMSELVES IN.

THIS ENEMY OFFICER WILL HANG AT DAYBREAK. IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED.

IT'S A FINE WAY FOR ME GRANDPA. THEY'VE LOST. THEY'LL TAKE NO VICTORY FROM THIS.

JESUS CHRIST!

DOUBT YOU'LL SEE HIM

GRANDPA.

THE WINDOW.

KEEP BEHIND ME. WE'RE GOING OUT THE FRONT DOOR, ONTO THE PORCH, AND CATCHING A PONY OUT OF HERE.

SHOTS FIRED! TO ARMS!

WE'RE UNDER ATTACK!

KILL THE CARVER!!!

HUH?

MOUNT LIP, BLIG.

THEY ARE COMING FOR US. AREN'T THEY?

IMAGINE THEY ARE. GOING TO CATCH US TOO. JUST GOT TO MAKE THE BLACKWATER.

CALEB!

I CAN'T SEE. GRANDPA, I CAN'T SEE!

NOTHING CAN'T BE FIXED SON. ON YOUR FEET SOLDIER.

WE HAVE TO KEEP MOVING.


(Continues...)

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