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Looking at the Civil WarAugust 1864

“If I cant have a horse to ride I wont work for Uncle Sam any more…”

Writing from camp in northwestern Maryland, Flavel King Sheldon offers his parents a report on the tortures—and death toll—of the scorching summer heat. More »


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