Kyle Bondo provides you with an intelligence report about how men become soldiers in the Union Army and how long they served.

War Yankee – Intelligence

Intelligence.01: Terms of Service


It’s May 4th, 1864 — You are a soldier in the Army of the Potomac marching towards the Rapidan River and into The Wilderness — a 70-mile tract of thickets and dense forest that only a year before had been the location of this same armies defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Before you cross the floating bridge over the Rapidan River that will be later be torn up so that you cannot use it again to retreat… you may ask yourself… How did I get here?


“We talked the matter over and could have settled the war in thirty minutes had it been left to us.”
— Unknown Confederate Soldier referencing a meeting he had with a Union soldier between the lines.

“To his left he saw the other regiments, men from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan. Men like these, he thought, just farmers and shopkeepers, and now we are soldiers, and now we are about to die.”
— Jeff Shaara, Gods and Generals

“Rich man’s war and poor man’s fight!
— Rallying Cry of New York City Draft Rioters

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Written by : Kyle Bondo

Kyle Bondo is a US Navy veteran, podcaster, and amateur historian from Fredericksburg, Virginia. War Yankee - Overland is his first American Civil War podcast that follows Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign from May-June 1864. Visit for more tales of woe from Kyle!