Saturday, August 3, 2019
War's Hardening Ways-- Part 3: "No Idea of the Filth and Vulgarity"
** "I had no idea of the filth and vulgarity of men in camp until I tried this little experiment."
--Colonel William Barksdale, 13th Mississippi Infantry, reflecting on his recent decision to join the army, in a letter to his brother.
** "It seems to me I am quite callous to death now, and that I could see my dearest friend die without much feeling.... During the last three weeks ... I have witnessed hundreds of me shot dead, have walked and slept among them, and surely I feel it possible to die myself as calmly as any."
-- Union surgeon John Gardner Perry, in a letter home written during the Battle of North Anna.