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Even in the heat of battle, letters were exchanged. Considering the conditions surrounding them, how did so many men manage to write letters during the Civil War? Nevertheless, these letters quite vividly describe battle strategies, preparations, and sensory details-not to mention the mental and physical rigors of war.
Walk the battlefield; see, hear and smell the essence of being in the midst of the action: falling-in, encountering the enemy, field strategies, smoke obstructed vision, artillery and cavalry troops, booming cannons, shrapnel, the bee-buzz whine of a close call, the thrill of "taking the hill" and the shock of your squad mate's death.