They were the ones who had waited three years in vain for furloughs and while they waited received ill-spelled letters from home: "We air hungry"
"Plow furloughs" were not looked upon in the same light as desertion in the face of the enemy, but they weakened the army just the same.
Gerald warmed to the flattery and said that the wedding had been a quiet affair, "not like you girls had," for Joe had only a few days’ furlough.
Ashley came home four days before Christmas, with a group of the County boys also on furlough, a sadly diminished group since Gettysburg.
I suppose it was when he was here on furlough.
Uncle Henry’s visit was brief, for he had only a four-hour furlough and he needed half of it for the long walk in from the breastworks and back.
When furloughs from the rapidly thinning army were denied, these soldiers went home without them, to plow their land and plant their crops, repair their houses and build up their fences.
The whole hospital must have turned out, at least everybody who could walk, and all the men on furlough and sick leave and all the railroad and mail service and hospital and commissary departments between here and Macon.
CHAPTER XV The army, driven back into Virginia, went into winter quarters on the Rapidan—a tired, depleted army since the defeat at Gettysburg— and as the Christmas season approached, Ashley came home on furlough.
I meant those thousands on furlough who forgot to rejoin their regiments and those who have been over their wounds for six months but who remain at home, going about their usual business or doing the spring plowing.
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There were parties and balls and bazaars every week and war weddings without number, with the grooms on furlough in bright gray and gold braid and the brides in blockade-run finery, aisles of crossed swords, toasts drunk in blockaded champagne and tearful farewells.
Maybelle Merriwether was to marry her little Zouave when he got his next furlough, and she cried every time she thought of it, for she had set her heart on marrying in a white satin dress and there was no white satin in the Confederacy.
But, all the same, he was her beau after you turned him down, because when he come home on his last furlough they got engaged.
But Rene had changed since that furlough when he married Maybelle Merriwether.
And it had been so innocent, so sweet! Scarlett thought wildly: If we had been caught that Christmas of his furlough when I kissed him good-by—if we had been caught in the orchard at Tara when I begged him to run away with me—oh, if we’d been caught any of the times when we were really guilty, it wouldn’t be so bad! But now! Now! When I went to his arms as a friend— But no one would believe that.
"All this week I’ve talked lies, like all men talk when they’re on furlough.
unpaid time during which an employee is ordered not do come to work; or the issuing of such an order
(Typically done due save money--not due to any dissatisfaction with the employee. Typically job benefits continue.)