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 Posted: Tue Jan 15th, 2008 08:11 pm
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The men behind the scenes, Miss Susan. They knew how to wield axes and shovels. They could drop a tree in minutes. They could and did dig large holes in stony ground and throw up breastworks routinely. They were lumberjacks and miners and thoroughly physically fit.

They could and did amazing things. I still haven't figured out how Sherman, upon heading north from Columbia, could do 10 miles per day through the woods and swamps. But it was the Pioneers who made it possible. (JEJ couldn't figure it out either.) A great unsung factor.

Ever watch a roleo? That thingy where lumberjacks compete. Where the competitor axes through a 12-inch log in seconds? This was the Pioneer.

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