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By Mark Nesbitt

This is often the tale of 2 younger opponents stuck up in a single of the main well-known and critical campaigns in all heritage. After years of conflict and thirty-five days of severe marching alongside 100 miles of sizzling summer time roads, Thomas Ware, a accomplice soldier from rural Georgia, and Franklin Horner, a Union soldier from the coal nation of Pennsylvania, prove struggling with on nearly an identical 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 very important to them-receiving mail, writing letters, having whatever to consume, surviving strive against. Historian Mark Nesbitt areas the entries into the bigger context of the conflict and amplifies the diarists's remark.

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The giant of a general was dead within the hour. In the confused situation—with an enemy army in Kentucky—no one had time for a court martial. Davis was never brought to trial and was soon commanding a division. Indeed, his action was generally approved among the rank and file of the army, especially the Hoosiers. Nelson’s body was hardly cold when the order arrived for Thomas to supercede Buell, but Thomas, apparently unwilling to untangle the mess that Buell had gotten into, refused the position.

Bragg, who was still far to the south, toiling northward over the Cumberland Plateau, caught the excitement too. In an order read to his troops while the army was in Sparta, Tennessee, on September 5, he announced, “Alabamians, your State is redeemed. Tennesseeans! Your capital and State are almost restored without firing a gun. You return conquerors. Kentuckians! ” The Kentuckians were both the goal and reliance of the bold Rebel advance into the Bluegrass State. In the Confederate version of reality, Kentucky was an oppressed state, ground under the heel of Lincoln’s despotism and awaiting only the appearance of a Confederate army to rise up en masse and throw off the abolitionist yoke.

10 With Grant sidelined, Halleck began a slow and cautious advance toward Corinth. He had brought together Grant’s Army of the Tennessee, Buell’s Army of the Ohio, and John Pope’s Army of the Mississippi, which had formerly been cooperating with the navy in clearing the river for which it was named. Now with a combined army that numbered more than 100,000 men, Halleck was still taking no chances. The army made every advance in line of battle, with swarms of skirmishers in front, and if the skirmishers exchanged a few shots with their Confederate counterparts, Halleck halted his vast host and set the men to digging elaborate entrenchments.

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