When the Confederates devise a
capture a train-load of repeating rifles from the Union army located in
Captain John Guthrie is commissioned to lead a small band of
railroaders north into Maryland to
seize the train and drive it to Virginia, all the while struggling to
remain one step ahead of his pursuers.
Yates leaned forward in his chair. “The Yankees are shipping 500
Spenser repeating rifles and another 500 Henry 44s, along with a
plentiful supply of ammunition. The ultimate destination is Union
General W. H. French and his 3rd Corps, who are holding the line at
Warrenton Junction, just south of Alexandria. French is not the
problem; it is the use of these repeaters.
“The Union Army can use less soldiers with the repeaters and therefore
send badly needed men to reinforce McClellan at Yorktown. When word
reached Richmond, it was decided to take that train and bring those
repeaters here. As you can well see, someone had to be selected to
steal that train, and that person is…”
“John Henry Guthrie,” Major Mattingly chimed in.
Guthrie leaned forward in the chair and glared at the Colonel. “You
know this is a suicide mission.”
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