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By William Thomas Venner

This e-book follows the seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment from their may well 1861 mustering-in to the war's ultimate moments at Appomattox in April 1865. it really is an intensely own account dependent upon the Tennesseans' letters, journals, memoirs, reputable experiences, group of workers documents and kin histories. it's a strong account of braveness and sacrifice. the boys (a complete roster is incorporated) replaced from exhilarated volunteers to battle-hardened veterans. that they had eagerly rushed to affix up, "anxious to confront the enemy at the conflict front." Later, amid the awful realities, the Tennesseans stayed with their comrades and conducted their tasks. Rifleman Tom Holloway wrote, "I went into this degree with the conviction that it used to be my central duty." ultimately, because the conflict destroyed the Tennesseans, Lt. Ferguson Harris wrote easily, "I ask yourself who stands out as the final people to go?"

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Suddenly, the boys’ great summer adventure turned dark—the men were cold, wearing disintegrating clothing, wet, and hungry. An influx of sick soldiers quickly overwhelmed the medical staff. Every available dry space was filled with suffering men wracked by pneumonia and dysentery. There was little the surgeons and hospital stewards could do but rely on their patients’ tough constitutions. Most of these young Tennesseans were resilient, but some struggled vainly. As the conditions worsened Colonel Hatton observed, “Where we are, is so flooded with water, and so muddy, as to make it impossible for us to stand it [much] longer.

My father’s people came to the United States in the 1850s—Italians and Austrians—bent on escaping Europe’s wars. They settled in northern Wisconsin and wanted no part of America’s conflict. My mother’s family—German immigrants—arrived in the 1880s and immediately headed for America’s Great Plains. So, as the old saying goes, I didn’t have a dog in the fight. But I’ve always been fascinated by our nation’s past. In fact, even today, fifty years later, I can still recall the first time I became conscious of the Battle of Gettysburg.

61 As of yet the war remained nothing other than an extended camping trip and the soldiers struggled to understand its seriousness. Private Ferguson Harris (Co. H) wrote, “[It] was my first night’s experience on guard duty. I walked two hours incessantly on a steep hill, almost worn to a frazzle, when Joe Hamilton (Co. F) asked me why I did not come and sit down. When I went to him I found him with his back against a tree and he told me to watch out for the officer of the guard. We became careless and the officer of the guard, Capt.

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