Josiah Stone Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Josiah Stone is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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The Falls
by Josiah Stone

March 24, 1865

Dear Pa

I hurry to rite a few lines to tell you I am well and yet among the living though only by the grace of God and I hope you are enjoying the same good blessings. We are stopped somewhere in Georgia near a falls and it is somethin butiful. It wud be nice to come bak after the war with Molly and an her son. We were on our way to Petersburg and wud be ther now but the Yankees deraled our train two days ago and the engin blew up. It was a horrible site with the enginer and fireman bodies all blown apart. It will take three days before the traks are repared and another engin can come an git us. The accident also kill five men out of forty in our Regiment and injur ten more including Les Winthrop—you remember him from the farm down the rode. He was hurt som as was Sam Harman but both are goin to be fine. Once the new engin is here, we will be on our way agin in time to attack the Yankees. I suppos by now you herd John Guthries bin killed–his Regiment was shot all to peaces. I herd tell his son Aaron was taken prisnor in the same battel and marched away at the point of a bayonet. I asked cousin Billy to take my Bible to Ma in case I should die at Petersburg. Ples rite soon,


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2 thoughts on “Josiah Stone Wins Flash Fiction Challenge”

  1. Hi Josiah, Congratulations! Your story was very imaginative, getting into the mind of a Confederate soldier in the Civil War.

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