Midpoint of the War: May to July 1863

Verdict of the Newspapers

What was the buildup, the anticipation, like?

A captain in the regiment later recorded his memory of the event:

“To the survivors,” he wrote, “those moments upon the sand will be ever present. A fresh breeze was blowing. Away over the sea to the eastward, the heavy sea fog was gathering. The western sky was bright with the reflected rays of the sun which had set. Far-away thunder reverberated through the air, and mingled with the occasional boom of cannon.”


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