So there I was…
…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. Only a year before May 1864, I had been at this same location when this same army was defeated at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Before I cross the floating bridge over the Rapidan River that will be later be torn up so that you cannot use it again to retreat… I ask myself… 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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