Excerpt from A Soldier of Virginia: A Tale of Colonel Washington and Braddock's Defeat It was t until he sneered at me openly across the board that I felt my self-control slipping from me. Lieutenant Allen seems to have a poor opinion of the Virginia troops, I said, as calmly as I could. Egad, you are right, Lieutenant Stewart, he retorted, his eyes full on mine. These two weeks past have I been trying to beat some sense into the fools, and 'pon my word, 'tis eugh to drive a man crazy to see them. He paused to gulp down a glass of wine, of which I thought he had already drunk too much. I saw them this foreon, cried Preston, who was sitting at Allen's right, and was like to die of laughing. Poor Allen, there, was doing his best to teach them the manual, and curse me if they did n't hold their guns as though they burnt their fingers. Arid when they were ordered to 'bout face, they looked like thing so much as the crowd I saw six months since at Newmarket, trying to get their money on Jason. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.