The Civil War Through the Eyes of a Seventeen Year Old Union Soldier

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The Civil War is the deadliest war in American history, with hundreds of thousands of casualties suffered by both the Union and Confederate sides. In Some of Our Yesterdays , a memoir posthumously unearthed by the family of Charles Seton Lindsay, the Civil War experience is vividly told by Lindsay, who fought for the Union as a teenager after enlisting against his family's wishes. He recalls the horrors of battle he witnessed in Williamsburg, Virginia. "In one place as I came along I saw at some little distance to the side, two men standing facing each other against the trunk of a tree. Going there I found they were a Northerner and a Southerner; the former had pinned his enemy to the tree with his bayonet, while the Southerner, in his last agony, had evidently fired his pistol straight into the Northern man's face and practically blown it to pieces. There they stood, the one spiked to the tree, with his head hanging forward on his enemy's shoulder, his limp arms by his side; the other

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