Mark perused more than three hundred diaries and collections of letters. He found what he was looking for: the diaries of two American enemies that chronicled their daily experiences and marches that pulled the authors into the whirlpool of combat at virtually the same battlefield in Gettysburg. The entries appear exactly as they were recorded, retaining misspellings, and personal idiosyncrasies to preserve the flavor of the original diaries. The story of Gettysburg has been told over and over by trained historians, professional military men, and armchair tacticians, but these young men lived it-day by weary, often boring, occasionally terrifying day-and recorded what were to them the important details. This is the soldier’s version of one of the greatest battles ever fought.
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