The battle loomed. And minutes before the Union and Confederate skirmish lines clashed Sunday, soldiers fidgeted with their muskets.
Or stared at their battle-weary boots as the sun topped the Tehachapi Mountains, north of Los Angeles.
“Loads of trepidation, we’ll be taking on the cannon,” said U.S. Army Capt. Peter Swavely, of the 2nd Vermont Regiment. “The officers like direct attack, but we’ll take `em on the side.