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Old July 8, 2008, 07:16 PM   #292
4V50 Gary
Join Date: November 2, 1998
Location: Colorado
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Two different views of Union veteran soldiers in the Civil War period

First, the polite perspective from one soldier:
[A] regiment of veterans appears to one uninitiated like a regiment of ragamuffins.
Now, for a less flattering view.
[T]he older the regiment, the more bold and expert in petty larceny; and the older the regiment too, the more undisciplined and disorderly, and the less inclined to go into battle, or perform the duties of a soldier any way.
The truth is somewhere in-between and it depends on when and where. With respects to battle, you'll never read in a regimental history that "we dropped our guns and fled for our lives." It's always the other regiment on either our left or right that broke first, thus exposing our flanks and causing us to conduct an orderly retreat.
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