Caught up in war fervor and seeking excitement, Joe enlists in his hometown regiment. This sturdy Pennsylvania lumberjack quickly discovers that, along with excitement and comradeship, fighting the Confederacy demands that he suffer while facing terror and horror.
A Pennsylvania lumberjack makes the classic young man’s mistake of seeking adventure as a soldier.
Joe Little has worked like a dog cutting timber since his mid teens. By age 27, he aches for a change. The Confederate attack on Fort Sumter gives him the excuse to enlist in the Union Army. He leaves behind his fiancée, his employer’s daughter.
He quickly learns it’s the infantryman’s lot to suffer and, perhaps, to die. The Rebels capture him after he’s wounded in a savage battle. Near death in a Confederate prison, he is exchanged and discharged. He returns home to recover, a changed man. Eventually he returns to his sadly shrunken regiment for the fateful battle of Gettysburg.
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