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Looking at the Civil War

“…we are crawling into the Confederacy, taking the matter of driving Joe Johnston out of his strongholds with as much coolness as the weather will permit…”

On the eve of the Battle of Atlanta, a Massachusetts soldier under Sherman’s command writes to a fellow soldier describing the slow and steady war of attrition playing out in northwest Georgia in the summer of 1864. More »


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