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The smoke lifted like a rising curtain.....
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Author:  Doug Burke [ Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:55 am ]
Post subject:  The smoke lifted like a rising curtain.....

"The smoke lifted like a rising curtain, and all of the great amphitheater lay open at last, and the Yankee soldiers could look west all the way to the belt of trees on Seminary Ridge. They were old soldiers and had seen many battles, but what they saw took their breath away, and whether they had ten minutes or seventy-five years yet to live, they remembered it until they died.

There it was for the last time in this war, perhaps for the last time anywhere, the grand pageantry of war in the old style, beautiful and majestic and terrible: fighting men lined up for a mile and a half from flank to flank, slashed red flags overhead, soldiers marching forward elbow to elbow, officers with drawn swords, sunlight gleaming from thousands of musket barrels, lines dressed as if for parade. Up and down the Federal firing line ran a low murmur "There they comes the infantry!".

From The Army of the Potomac: Glory Road by Bruce Catton page 314

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