A Federal and Confederate veteran, in view of a prospective marriage uniting their families, become fast friends. One plays the fiddle, the other the flute, but they cannot harmonize on tunes, as one demands "Yankee Doodle" and the other insists upon "Dixie." This trouble grows so acute that the innocent young people become involved in the controversy and their engagement is broken. Love finds a way, and they arrange for a secret marriage. The good parson plans it even more wisely, asking the fathers to come and make music for a wedding, not naming the contracting parties. When the ancient enemies find themselves face to face they are mad, but unwilling to retreat; they turn back to back and make music with a vengeance, utilizing the favorite tunes while the ceremony is in progress. When they face the bride and groom and see who is there, they are vastly provoked, but the diplomatic parson, having them both under his spell, patches up peace.
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