Life NRA,SUVCW # 48,Legion 352
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|I believe the letter was written a couple of days after the battle... many of the Union enlisted men knew of the quote after the battle and joked of it. I suspect POWs might have passed on the statement to their captors but I do not know. It is maybe the fourth or fifth time I have read reference to it in a US letter written about Shiloh.
THe museum has some of the man's original kit as well as several bits of official correspondence. The man certainly existed and the concise style is on par w/ that of an After Action report of the day.