All the soldiers were singing. And Basil was playing the fiddle as they sang the song.
Basil was excited to hear Patrick Henry's speech. "Gentlemen, we are now in the service of our people and the service of justice and the service of liberty". "Each day dawns with hope. I feel the sun shines brighter as it sees us below ready and determined......
"My brave people, the very heavens are inspired by your resolve. I would expect soldiers in such a noble endeavor to conduct himself with dignity. Yet...there will be no gambling throught the camp. Rolling dice will bring arrest....."
That was the end of the inspiring orator's speech. The men were dismissed for three hours of drilling in "wood fighting."
Hugely disappointed, Basil lingered a moment, watching Henry talk with his junior officers.
"Ah me," he finally murmured, sighing. "I suppose even an army of ideas has rules and day-to-day chores to attend to."