By Mark Nesbitt
This can be the tale of 2 younger fighters stuck up in a single of the main recognized and significant campaigns in all historical past. After years of struggle and thirty-five days of excessive marching alongside 100 miles of sizzling summer season roads, Thomas Ware, a accomplice soldier from rural Georgia, and Franklin Horner, a Union soldier from the coal kingdom of Pennsylvania, prove 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 create. They write approximately what is vital to them-receiving mail, writing letters, having anything 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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35 Days to Gettysburg: The Campaign Diaries of Two American Enemies by Mark Nesbitt