By Mark Nesbitt
This is often the tale of 2 younger opponents stuck up in a single of the main recognized and demanding campaigns in all background. After years of struggle and thirty-five days of excessive marching alongside 100 miles of scorching summer time roads, Thomas Ware, a accomplice soldier from rural Georgia, and Franklin Horner, a Union soldier from the coal kingdom of Pennsylvania, turn out struggling with on nearly a similar battlefield at Gettysburg. En path to that fateful day, either make day-by-day entries in small, leather-bound diaries they bring. They write approximately what is vital to them-receiving mail, writing letters, having whatever to consume, surviving wrestle. Historian Mark Nesbitt locations the entries into the bigger context of the struggle and amplifies the diarists's remark.
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Week before last I might have written any number of letters, but last week I was quite busy & had but little time to spare from guard & marching. On monday evening I went on cattle guard & remained on guard until Tuesday evening. 2. Promotion 29 Monday night was so cold that I was not able to sleep much, Tuesday night was about ditto. On Wednesday I went out & helped to cut poles to build us a “shanty” or rather a base for our tent. We make our tents quite comfortable by building a square pen about four feet high and putting our tents over them.
They are controlled by different ideas, they were descended from a different ancestry & have always lived among different institutions, & one cannot expect them to agree with us in governmental establishment concerning which men are sure to disagree if they disagree about any thing. ” And so it is; & this war will never end until the whole Southern country is overrun. This is a war now, not for the political union of the people both North & South, but for the territorial unity of that portion of the country lying between the great lakes & the gulf.
But before we were able to start Captain Smith who was in command of the company showed that he knew nothing about skirmishing & that the company knew about as little as he did. But after all his efforts Gen. Ord could only give us a sort of a start. Our company ofﬁcers have frequently tried to learn us the skirmish drill but not knowing it themselves they were of course incompetent to teach it. Every time they attempted to teach us they were openly laughed at & ﬁnally the[y] relinquished the task.