1205What does this say about the author?
- Oct 10, 2003Greetings listers,
I've been re-reading and posting lots of Antietam reports from the ORs
lately (http://aotw.org/exhibit.php?exhibit_id=OR_index), and have
been struck especially by a few. The text quoted below, written in
October 1862, really gets to me - mostly because it looks at first
glance to be typical 19th Century melodrama, but actually may be
indicative of much more ...
"In the beginning of the month of September the safety of the National
Capital was seriously endangered by the presence of a victorious
enemy, who soon after crossed into Maryland and then directly
threatened Washington and Baltimore, while they occupied the soil of a
loyal State and threatened an invasion of Pennsylvania."
"The army of the Union, inferior in numbers, wearied by long marches,
deficient in various supplies, worn out by numerous battles, the last
of which had not been successful, first covered by its movements the
important cities of Washington and Baltimore, then boldly attacked the
victorious enemy in their chosen strong position and drove them back,
with all their superiority of numbers, into the State of Virginia,
thus saving the loyal States from invasion and rudely dispelling the
rebel dreams of carrying the war into our country and subsisting upon
"Thirteen guns and thirty-nine colors, more than 15,000 stand of
small-arms, and more than 6,000 prisoners were the trophies which
attest the success of our arms."
What do you think of it?
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