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  •  Two of my great grandfathers were in the Union (10+ / 0-)

    Army and the one in the PA 145th Regiment was captured at Gettysburg on the 2nd near the wheat field.

    There is a statue there:

    http://www.flickr.com/...

    and his name is on one of the bronze plaques in the big PA monument.

    He was paroled from MD and was wounded later in front of Petersburg.  My cousin got papers that showed it was near the spine.  He recovered and married and had three children.

    He joined at the beginning of the war at age 21.  His regiment was at Appomattox.  

    My other great-grandfather joined at 17 in 1864 from MI and was with Sherman on the March to the Sea and north through the Carolinas.

    I liked Gettysburg by Stephen Sears.  It is non-fiction.

    I am currently reading This Hallowed Ground by Bruce Catton and it is well done.  It is an overview and we have just done Antietam.  

     

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Thu Jul 04, 2013 at 07:38:15 PM PDT

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