Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

A Cowardly Crime [Short Story]

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Title

A Cowardly Crime [Short Story]
The Messenger XLII
Page 135 (1 of 4)

Description

In this short story, E. E. Northen tells of the journey of two Confederate soldiers returning home after the Civil War. They stop a Union officer and play "boyish pranks" on him (138). After the men leave the Union officer and make it home, Union soldiers find them in their houses and summon them to the camp, citing that the Union Colonel requested to see them after hearing about the incident. When they are brought to the camp, the two boys are executed, and their fathers find their bodies the next morning. The story raises feelings of sympathy for the "Lost Cause of the Confederacy," implying Northern aggression, and a longing for the antebellum way of life.

Creator

Source

Virginia Baptist Historical Society
Richmond, VA

Date

1915

Contributor

Caitlin McCallister

Format

Files

Collection

Citation

E. E. Northen, “A Cowardly Crime [Short Story],” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed June 25, 2019, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/150.