The Coward

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A Dramatic Episode 
     of the
American Civil War.

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Virginia. 1861.
    On the outbreak
of hostilities.

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      Winslow Hall
      ____________

  The Home of Colonel
Jefferson Beverly Winslow

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Colonel Winslow,

         FRANK KEENAN

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Frank Winslow, his boy

         CHARLES RAY

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The Girl

         MARGARET GIBSON

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The gentle mistress of 
     Winslow Hall

         GERTRUDE CLAIR

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  "They've opened a recruiting
office in the Town Hall and we're
       all going to enlist"

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His awful fear that he is a coward

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"They opened the recruiting 
station only this morning, but
they've enlisted Five Hundred
          already"

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   "No Frank did not 
enlist. He left before
they got to him."

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"Mother, I am afraid --- afraid!"

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"Send Him to Me"

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"You are going to enlist"

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"You are going to enlist"

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"Yes Sir"

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"I had to get my father's 
     consent first"

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The gay day -- the Gray day --
when War's finger beckoned
and men obeyed, stepping
across destiny's threshold
toward the battle-reddened 
horizon where Death and 
Glory stood hand in hand.

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"Remember, suh, you are
       a Winslow"

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Off to the front! To fields of
     glory - or death!

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A day's march from home, the
recruits hear the first growl of
    war, the rumble of a 
       distant battle

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That Night
__________

Picket Duty

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A million voices in
the dark.

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Morning.
      Private Winslow
is reported missing.

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When the night came down.

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"Please, Miss Betty,
would yo' please
com' to de ketchen
jes' a minit?"

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"What are you doing here, suh?"

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"Why am I here? Because I
deserted. I told you I couldn't 
        stand it"

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"Almighty God -- why
was I ever born to
be the father of 
a coward?"

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When the sombre shadows 
of the long night lifted,
Colonel Winslow, in an
effort to retrieve the 
family name, determines
to take his son's place.

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"The name of 'Private 
Winslow' is on the rolls:
someone must answer
when that name is called."

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A week later
  News of the Union
  Advance reached
  Cotton Creek.

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"The Yanks are coming."

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The old overpowering 
fear of himself.

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"The laws of war,
Madam, compel 
us to accept your
hospitality."

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The substitute.
   Plain "Private Winslow."

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"Our weakest link is 
at this point marked 
by the arrow."

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"It will be impossible to
strengthen our position
before tomorrow night:
but, not knowing, they
will hardly attack us
before then."

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     Realization of
what the plans would
mean to the cause he
deserted.

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The blood of his fathers.
The shadowy hands of past
generations of fighting men
shatter the fetters of 
cowardice, and the last of
the house of Winslow stands
forth unafraid.

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      Frank in his reckless 
haste to reach the Southern
Commander dashes through
the outflung Confederate 
lines.

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  "Take me to the 
Commanding Officer."

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Unconscious that he
has shot his own son.

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With the dawn the main
body of the Confederate 
troops is thrown against
the weak Union Centre

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Dusk and the songs
of victory.

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"Yes, my boy, they 
are singing, and
they owe it all to
you."

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"'Private Winslow,'
  you are wanted 
 at Headquarters.

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"A friend inside
wishes to see you."

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"This gentleman is
mistaken, Sir. I do
not know him."

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"But for that boy,
today's victory would 
never have been won."

THE END


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