What They Gave Here

In as fine a post I’ve ever seen on the tragedy of the Civil War, Damian Shiels reminds us of what the supreme sacrifice meant. Read it.

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8 thoughts on “What They Gave Here

  1. Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. Letters/stories such as this bring the Civil War home to me in a way that no other discussions/conversations possibly can. Poignant and moving. Much more so, I believe, than “Who was the best/worst general?” or “Was secession legal/illegal?” or “What about that darn tariff?” I believe I have written you before to mention that I visited Shiloh some years ago and followed the steps of my g-g-uncle, Conrad Meinert, who fought there with the 46th Illinois. Such makes it personal.

  2. Hi Brooks,

    Many thanks (both for reading the post and for sharing it) I really appreciate it. It is an extremely powerful letter. William Duffie clearly went to a lot of trouble with it- he is a man I would love to find out more about.
    Quite right about Cherbourg too- one of the Kearsarge’s Medal of Honor recipients Michael Ahern was illegally recruited only a few kilometres away from where I am sitting!

    Kind Regards,


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