By Edward S. Cooper

On August 26, 1861, 100 volunteers met at Camp wooden and shaped corporation A. those males, for the main half, have been good expert and left to us a chain of letters to households and buddies, diaries, letters to their neighborhood newspapers, legit studies, and talks they gave after the conflict at reunions. Their correspondence differs from such a lot others in that they don't easily list the temperature and what they'd to consume. the tale the correspondence of corporation A tells permits the reader to understand what it used to be relatively wish to be a volunteer soldier. the lads describe what they observed from their vantage issues at the components of the battlefield they can see. Their letters disguise their discussions and arguments referring to slavery, the nationwide draft, the precise of “citizen squaddies” to confiscate estate, and using blacks in strive against. On a truly own point they describe what it was once prefer to be captured and spend time in accomplice prisons looking forward to alternate, what they felt after they needed to depart wounded or lifeless comrades at the box after they needed to retreat, even if to reenlist, the punishments that they had to suffer, the witnessing of army executions, and even if to mutiny. There are marvellous descriptions of the unauthorized truces the boys prepared with the Confederates to alternate tobacco for espresso or to wash in a movement keeping apart them.

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