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The Civil War
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A Rail Running Soldier (part 2)



A Rail Running Soldier (part 2)
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 8 to 10
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.35

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    pointed, rawhide, lieutenant, lashes, disgrace, agony, prisoner, fate, stripped, engineer, regiment, clues, refused, commander, mute, identity


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A Rail Running Soldier (part 2)
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     The lieutenant marched out of his tent. The activities of this day would be a fine feather in his cap. He beat the rawhide on his leg as he walked to where his men waited. He pointed to four men to hold the prisoner. Jake's shirt was stripped from his back and examined for clues to his identity.
 
2     "You have one last chance to tell me what you know," said the lieutenant sternly, and he wagged the rawhide so Jake could see what he had planned. "What is the name of the engineer? What regiment do you belong to? What was your plan?"
 
3     Jake pressed his lips together and said nothing. He knew what was coming and hoped he would not disgrace his commander. The shirt revealed nothing.

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