An immaculate description of a soldier and his ways has been presented in this work. In the backdrop of the American Civil War, the book dwells on the spirits of soldiers and their discipline.
This is a book of short stories centered around the Civil War and its aftermath. The author was a prominent Virginian in his day, and his writing shows a talent for poignant reminiscences. The title comes from the second story, in which an artillery unit detached from Lee's army determines to follow their last orders—not to let their cannons fall into Union hands—despite Lee's surrender and the end of the War in Virginia. The other stories focus on individuals in the post-War years.
- My Cousin Fanny
- The Burial of the Guns
- The Gray Jacket of "No. 4"
- Miss Dangerlie's Roses
- How the Captain made Christmas
- Little Darby
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