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His parents met when his father moved to Missouriand they were married in Orion —Henry —and Pamela — His sister Margaret — died when Twain was three, and his brother Benjamin — died three years later.
His brother Pleasant Hannibal died at three weeks of age. His father was an attorney and judge, who died of pneumonia inwhen Twain was Louisand Cincinnatijoining the newly formed International Typographical Unionthe printers trade union. He educated himself in public libraries in the evenings, finding wider information than at a conventional school.
Pilot was the grandest position of all.
The pilot, even in those days of trivial wages, had a princely salary — from a hundred and fifty to two hundred and fifty dollars a month, and no board to pay.
As Twain describes it, the pilot's prestige exceeded that of the captain. The pilot had to: Bixby took Twain on as a cub pilot to teach him the river between New Orleans and St. Twain studied the Mississippi, learning its landmarks, how to navigate its currents effectively, and how to read the river and its constantly shifting channels, reefs, submerged snags, and rocks that would "tear the life out of the strongest vessel that ever floated".
Piloting also gave him his pen name from " mark twain ", the leadsman's cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms 12 feetwhich was safe water for a steamboat. Henry was killed on June 21,when their steamboat Pennsylvania exploded. Twain claimed to have foreseen this death in a dream a month earlier, : He continued to work on the river and was a river pilot until the Civil War broke out inwhen traffic was curtailed along the Mississippi River.
At the start of hostilities, he enlisted briefly in a local Confederate unit. He later wrote the sketch " The Private History of a Campaign That Failed ", describing how he and his friends had been Confederate volunteers for two weeks before disbanding.
Twain describes the episode in his book Roughing It.
Nye inand Twain joined him when he moved west. The brothers traveled more than two weeks on a stagecoach across the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountainsvisiting the Mormon community in Salt Lake City.'The War Prayer' is an essay written by Mark Twain about the results of war and how pride and passion for the fight have consequences that no one.
The War Prayer Analysis. text] [Type text] [Type text] Tuttle 1 Bryson Tuttle Professor Crandon Written Comm III 15 September The War Prayer Essay The short story "The War Prayer" was written by Mark Twain but not published until after his death in as it could be considered sacrilegious and could have been detrimental to his writing career.
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