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in the summer.
The last letter Henry received from
his father three weeks earlier had told of
a tom gobbling on the ridge behind the
house, and of an old longbeard strutting
in a plowed field on the back forty.
The letter made Henry that much more
homesick.
Although Henry was a deadly shot,
and he was proud to wear the badge of
a "Bucktail," he didn't want to be at war.
Shooting a man was a lot different than
taking aim at a deer or turkey.
But the Union needed preserving and
Henry knew he'd have to do his part.
There was talk of Bobby Lee's Army
of Northern Virginia turning away from
Richmond to strike the pursuing Union
army in this Virginia wilderness.
While Henry loved the big timber back
home, these thick Virginia woods cast a
foreboding feeling over him.
Marching through the woods, Henry
was talking softly with the fellows around
him. They had turned onto a more pronounced road when he heard it.
A turkey gobbled in the distance.
Henry couldn't believe it.
"Did you hear that?" he asked his
friend Sam Patterson, who was beside
him in line.
"Hear what?" Sam retorted.
"A turkey gobbled in those woods
yonder, and if we stop soon, I'm going to
ask Sarge if I can go after him."
"How you going to call that gobbler in,
Hen?" Sam asked.
"I've got a wingbone call I made from a
turkey I killed last year," Henry answered.
The regiment did stop shortly after and
were told to fall-out, stack rifles and rest
in a field adjacent to the road they were
on. Henry wasted no time in asking his
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sergeant if he could try to kill the bird.
"What, are you crazy?" Sergeant
Clemson asked the young soldier. "We
don't know how long we're going to be
here before getting back on the road."
The tom gobbled again in the distance
and Henry pleaded to go after it.
Sergeant Clemson finally relented.
Some of the men might even have a
chance to eat it that evening. But he told
Henry he had better be back before they
moved out.
Henry scrambled over a fence and traveled 200 yards through a woodlot until he
came to an open meadow.
He figured he was close to where he
last heard the gobbler, so he leaned up
against an oak tree, rested his Spencer rifle
on his knee and pulled out his wingbone
call from his haversack.
He yelped softly and a booming gobble
resounded from a patch of woods across
the meadow.
Henry yelped again and then laid the
call down. He shouldered his rifle and
waited, watching for any movement at
the edge of the woods.
Henry knew the gobbler was just
inside the woods across the meadow
and hoped it would cross the opening in
front of him. He knew he'd have to let
the tom get real close, because it would
be a lot more difficult to hit a turkey with
a single bullet than with the pattern from
a scattergun.
The turkey didn't cross the opening,
though, and it didn't gobble again. But
20 minutes later Henry heard it walking
in the leaves just to his right.
The crafty old tom had traveled just
inside the distant woodlot parallel to the
opening Henry was watching, crossed
in a low spot, and walked just inside the



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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Intro
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Cover1
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - A
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Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - C
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - D
Pennsylvania Game News - March 2016 - Contents
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