By Lisa Alther

America’s so much infamous relatives feud begun in 1865 with the homicide of a Harmon McCoy, a Union soldier, by a accomplice Hatfield relative. But Southern grudges run lengthy and deep. greater than a decade later tempers flared over stolen hogs. This accusation caused years of bloody violence and retribution that resulted in a sad Romeo-and-Juliet interlude, a best courtroom ruling, and Kentucky’s final public placing. the ultimate feud trial happened in 1898, however the competition didn’t finish there. Its legend keeps to have a massive effect at the well known mind's eye and the folks of the sector. here's a attention-grabbing new examine the notorious tale of the Hatfields and the McCoys.

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At the same time, two pioneers were wounded on the wires. One had a ricochet through both legs, the other a ball through his ear. In the morning, the sentry on our left flank was shot through both cheekbones. The blood spurted out of him in thick gouts. And, to cap it all, when Lieutenant von Ewald, visiting our sector to take pictures of sap N barely fifty yards away, turned to climb down from the outlook, a bullet shattered the back of his skull and he died on the spot. Large fragments of skull were left littering the sentry platform.

They picked me up on their stretcher and carried me back to their dressing-station in a dugout covered over with tree branches, where I spent the night, pressed together with many other wounded men. An exhausted medic stood in the throng of groaning men, bandaging, injecting and giving calm instructions. I pulled a dead man's coat over me, and fell into a sleep that incipient fever lit with lurid dreams. Once, in the middle of the night, I awoke, and saw the doctor still working by the light of a lamp.

They picked me up on their stretcher and carried me back to their dressing-station in a dugout covered over with tree branches, where I spent the night, pressed together with many other wounded men. An exhausted medic stood in the throng of groaning men, bandaging, injecting and giving calm instructions. I pulled a dead man's coat over me, and fell into a sleep that incipient fever lit with lurid dreams. Once, in the middle of the night, I awoke, and saw the doctor still working by the light of a lamp.

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