35 Days to Gettysburg: The Campaign Diaries of Two American by Mark Nesbitt

By Mark Nesbitt

This can be the tale of 2 younger fighters stuck up in a single of the main recognized and critical campaigns in all heritage. After years of battle 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 state of Pennsylvania, turn out struggling with on almost 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 strive against. Historian Mark Nesbitt areas the entries into the bigger context of the struggle and amplifies the diarists's remark.

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Events are crowding so thickly upon us that it is impossible to [24] 1861 calculate their present or future importance. It is beginning to look very much as if a fight somewhere was almost inevitable. . To Therena Bates, Springfield, 16 January 1861n . . The weather has been so rainy and foggy for two or three days past that the telegraph wouldn't work well, and we have had very little news of what is going on elsewhere in the world. We scarcely know therefore whether Springfield is in the Union yet or out of it, or what the secessionists are doing.

We took the matter into our own hands and finally arranged pretty much everything. I don't know when I have done so much work as yesterday, and I am feeling the effect of it to-day. . To Therena Bates, Washington, 24 February 186126 We all arrived here safely last evening at about 5 oclock—Mr. Lincoln himself having preceded us the night before. I assure you it was a real pleasure to get to our journey's end—with a prospect of a little rest now and then. During the last week of our trip, in the great whirlpools of New York and Philadelphia, not a moment was our own.

I wish you would select what you think a good and rather fine shirt, and bring me one as a sample, when you come. To Edwin D. Morgan, Springfield, 1 February 186120 Your letter of the 19th ult. addressed to Hon. A. Lincoln was duly received, in which you invite him to visit Albany on his route to Washington, and tender him the hospitalities of the State and your home. In accordance with the answer just sent to the telegraphic message received from yourself a few minutes since, Mr. Lincoln desires me to write that it has for some little time been his purpose to pass through Albany, and that he would have answered you to that effect before this, but for the fact that as the Legislatures of Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania had by resolution invited him to visit them, he thought it probable that a similar resolution would be adopted by the Legislature of New York, and he had therefore waited to reply to both invitations together.

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