Here’s Ranger Jim Flook instructing some visitors at Gettysburg on how Civil War soldiers marched, and why they marched that way.
Interesting piece, Al. We tend, I think, to underestimate the influence of family members (brothers, uncles, fathers) in the same company of the same regiment. Your brother, uncle, father is moving forward under the regimental flag. You must do the same. You can’t falter. You can’t stop. It’s why when a company from a small town in Michigan or Mississippi got into a bad fire fight, families were decimated.
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