The Guns of Bull Run

Joseph A. Altsheler (1862 - 1919)

The first volume in the Civil War series, following the adventures of Harry Kenton, who leaves his home in Kentucky. He travels through dangerous territory to South Carolina on a secret mission on the eve of the Civil War.

(From Chapter 4) "They will not fire! They dare not!" cried Shepard in a tense, strained whisper.
As the last word left his lips there was a heavy crash. A tongue of fire leaped from one of the batteries, followed by a gush of smoke, and a round shot whistled over the Star of the West. A tremendous shout came from the crowd, then it was silent, while that tongue of flame leaped a second time from the mouth of a cannon. Harry saw the water spring up, a spire of white foam, near the steamer, and a moment later a third shot clipped the water close by. He did not know whether the gunners were firing directly at the vessel or merely meant to warn her that she came nearer at her peril, but in any event, the effect was the same. South Carolina with her cannon was warning a foreign ship, the ship of an enemy, to keep away. The Star of the West slowed down and stopped. Then another shout, more tremendous than ever, a shout of triumph, came from the crowd, but Harry felt a chill strike to his heart.
Young St. Clair, too, was silent and Harry saw a shadow on his face. He looked for Shepard, but he was gone and the boy had not heard him go.
"It is all over," said St. Clair, with the certainty of prophecy. "The cannon have spoken and it is war." (Summary by Sarah Parshall, Michael Packard, and Author)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, War & Military Fiction

Language: English

Group: The Civil War Series

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 News from Charleston Part 1 Michael Packard
Play 02 News from Charleston Part 2 Michael Packard
Play 03 A Courier to the South Woolly Bee
Play 04 The Heart of Rebellion Part 1 Woolly Bee
Play 05 The Heart of Rebellion Part 2 Bill Yallalee
Play 06 The First Capitol Jonathan Brubaker
Play 07 The New President Al Rocca
Play 08 Sumter Al Rocca
Play 09 The Homecoming Part 1 Michael Packard
Play 10 The Homecoming Part 2 Michael Packard
Play 11 The Fight for a State Part 1 Michael Packard
Play 12 The Fight for a State Part 2 Michael Packard
Play 13 The River Journey Part 1 Marty
Play 14 The River Journey Part 2 Marty
Play 15 Over the Mountains Part 1 Jonathan Brubaker
Play 16 Over the Mountains Part 2 Jonathan Brubaker
Play 17 In Virginia Part 1 Bill Yallalee
Play 18 In Virginia Part 2 Bill Yallalee
Play 19 The Fight for the Fort Part 1 Al Rocca
Play 20 The Fight for the Fort Part 2 Al Rocca
Play 21 The Seeker for Help Part 1 Lynne T
Play 22 The Seeker for Help Part 2 Lynne T
Play 23 In Washington Part 1 Bill Yallalee
Play 24 In Washington Part 2 Bill Yallalee
Play 25 Battle's Eve Michael Packard
Play 26 Bull Run Michael Packard