On the 1st day of the conflict of Gettysburg in July 1863, Union artillery lieutenant Bayard Wilkeson fell whereas bravely spurring his males to motion. His father, Sam, a brand new York instances correspondent, was once already on his option to Gettysburg while he realized of his son’s wounding yet needed to wait till the weapons went silent sooner than searching out his son, who had died on the town’s poorhouse. Sitting subsequent to his lifeless boy, Sam Wilkeson then wrote one of many maximum battlefield dispatches in American heritage.
This shiny exploration of 1 of Gettysburg’s most famed stories--the tale of a father and a son, the son’s braveness less than hearth, and the father’s look for his son within the bloody aftermath of battle--reconstructs Bayard Wilkeson’s wounding and dying, which were shrouded in fantasy and legend, and sheds gentle on Civil War–era journalism, battlefield drugs, and the “good death.”
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