Then, as January came to an end and the sun began to slightly thaw the frozen lakes and ponds, Henry was working on his translation of Dante's Inferno when the newsboy's bell rang out and the newsboy's voice was heard shouting out “Extra! Thirteenth amendment passes the House. Slavery to be abolished. Read all about it.”
He sent Charles for the paper. Charles walked into the study reading the paper as he walked. Henry, impatiently, said, “Let me see that!” He grabbed the paper and read the first few paragraphs of the lead story. “It says here by freeing the slaves, Lincoln hopes to bring a speedy end to the war. Do you think it'll work, Son?”
Charles scratched his head. “I don't know, Father. It might make the rebs more determined to keep fighting.” He sighed a big sigh and added, “I really feel fine now, Father, and I don’t see why they had to discharge me. I feel that now I could go back and join my regiment.”
Henry scowled. “Now, Son, you know what Doc. Buridge said. You need a few more months of rest just to make sure. Anyway, I don’t know how you could get back in, even if you tried, You’ve been officially discharged, so just accept it and take it easy, Charlie.
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