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 Posted: Thu May 10th, 2007 05:56 am
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I just don't know what would have made me go forward on July 3. That is such a vast area to cover out in the open under galling Union artillery fire. Plus it was hotter than heck. The only thing I can imagine that would make me step out into that field would be that I was more scared of being called a coward than I was of being cannon fodder. Frankly, I think I'd rather be called a coward.

I don't know if I possess the grand sense of duty and bravery that was demanded to head out toward almost certain death or debilitating injury. No one was exempt from the danger, not officers, not non-comms, not enlisted.  Everyone was at grave personal risk. How they did it, I will never know. What must it be like to stare certain death or dismemberment in the face?

This scenario was repeated again and again elsehwere. The Battle of Franklin comes to mind. "Pickett's" Charge did little to teach much of anything about modern warfare.

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