By Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Robert Hunt Rhodes
All in favour of the Union is the eloquent and relocating diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union military as a personal in 1861 and left it 4 years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after battling tough and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. an individual who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil warfare will realize his debts of these campaigns, which stay amazing for his or her readability and element. such a lot of all, Rhodes's phrases demonstrate the incentive of a typical Yankee foot soldier, an in a different way traditional younger guy who persisted the trials of wrestle and laborious marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the pride of giving "all for the union."
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War 19. ” 25 26 N o r t h K o r e a C a u g h t i n T i m e 20. “Here with his widowed mother is Kim Ch’o˘l-yun, who suffered wounds from napalm bombing. Kim Ch’o˘l-yun, a 10-year-old Korean boy, was wounded during a napalm attack on November 21, 1950, in Kaeso˘ng. He looks like an old man. He has no hair on his head, and his scalp is covered with red and blue spots. His face is furrowed, and his skin is colorless. His eyes are red-rimmed, and the skin around them was so badly burned that he can no longer close them.
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All for the Union: The Civil War Diary & Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes by Elisha Hunt Rhodes, Robert Hunt Rhodes