Monday, April 18, 2011

War Fever

Today’s entry comes from the Civil  War Diary 1862 - 1865 of Charles H. Lynch, 18th Conn, Vol’s.

During the spring and summer of 1862 the war fever was running very high.  Great excitement prevailed. Darkness and gloom seemed to cover the country.  Men were urged to enlist, go to the war, and help save the country.  It was preached from the pulpits, printed by the press, talked about at great war meetings that were held by day and nights.  Business at times was suspended.  Drums and fifes were heard continuously being paraded through the streets and followed by men and boys.  Churches were open in country towns, giving men and opportunity to enlist.

This is how Lynch began his diary.  It sets the tone, excitement, anticipation . . . 

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