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  •  My family's Civil War history is not (2+ / 0-)
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    Bionic, Jbeaudill

    distinguished. My great-grandfather was from Kentucky (and his family owned two slaves), but he enlisted on the Union side. He developed dysintery and was discharged from the army as medically unfit after about 9 months.

    •  And what they went through in that war: (2+ / 0-)
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      blue jersey mom, DSPS owl

      I believe one in every 8 males died, and the conditions in the camps, the lice and dirt, the hardtack food with maggots etc. Getting wounded was really dicey too as the price of infection was often death.
            We may be in 21st century but those ordinary families in Iraq today just have to be suffering incredible hardships, few physicians, no good medical care unless attended to by our military physicians, kids hopefully still able to attend a school but with the constant risk of death and injury.  The emotional and mental ramifications of war on children is simply discounted or omitted in nearly everything I read.  And this war is being fought for what reason again?.....?  

      In youth we learn, in age we understand.

      by Jbeaudill on Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 02:10:07 PM PST

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      my great great grandfather was a confederate soldier who deserted by jumping into and swimming the Mississippi River to get away, then married a Choctaw chief's daughter and moved to Texas. Go figure.

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