Book Excerpt Details Army Life During The Civil War

Man faces enemy on picket line, writes of the Civil War and Army life.

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This excerpt comes from “A History of the Army Life of Matt Jennings”: "After night I was placed by Lt. C.C. World on picket between the two lines in darkness by myself. I lay in some leaves in a kind of a sink and it was cold and I could hear my teeth chatter and being but a few steps from the enemy, I feared they could hear and I would be captured.

"Next morning the battle was renewed with vigor, lasting during the morning as the enemy began a hasty retreat. Our boys pursued them hastily with yells and firing until we reached the main battleground where a mansion the day before was struck with our shells and set on fire and burned. Their dead men lay with their clothes burned off of them and they lay so thick on the ground, we could scarcely find places for our feet.

"We could yell no more."

Ruth (Jennings) Wilson
Peculiar, Missouri


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