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Sep. 20

Battle of Antietam

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Brother Against Brother

150 years ago this month was the bloody Battle of Antietam, a pivotal moment in the Civil War.  Though we have photos of the apocalyptic aftermath, 28,000 dead or wounded, the tragedy of Antietam, and war itself, can best be understood through the words of the soldiers themselves.  Below are several passages, from journals and letters home, written by both Confederate and Union soldiers.  I have not noted for which side each man fought because, as we are all Americans, it doesn't really matter . . .

 

"Capt. Bachelle had a fine Newfoundland dog, which had been trained to perform military salutes and many other remarkable things.  In camp, on the march, and in the line of battle, the dog was his constant companion.   The dog was by his side when he fell."

 

"Dear Wife, The days after the battle are a thousand times ...

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Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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