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According to’100 Great Battles of the Rebellion’, 259 regiments served at Gettysburg with an average loss of 12 killed. 249 regiments served at Fredericksburg with an average loss of 5 killed. 48 regiments served at this battle with an average loss of 19 killed. What was this battle?

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Annie De Pue, 11 Year Old Tennessee Drummer Er, Boy

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California newspaper, 1925. Mrs. Annie De Pue Glud emerged from the Civil War closet where so many female soldiers remained behind frock coats. ' Tommy Hunley ', 11 years old that day in 1862 trailed off to war in her father's wake. One, more drummer boy.

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Veterans did not tend to tolerate frauds. That Annie Glud belonged to the GAR means Tommy Hunley saw war.

With thanks to @John Hartwell ( again ) for the ' referral '. A huge amount of ' female soldier ' accounts are dismissed as apocryphal or women looking for attention or heck, plain old made up. Like they were Bigfoot sightings...

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Nathan Bedford Forrest
amassed substantial wealth as a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle trader, real estate broker, and slave trader in Tennessee before the war began. In June 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, one of the few officers during the war to enlist as a private and be promoted to general without any prior military training. As an expert cavalry leader, Forrest was given command of a corps and established new doctrines for mobile forces, earning the nickname "The Wizard of the Saddle". His...

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    Votes: 1 2.8%
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  • 7. Because minie`ball wounds could not be treated with existing medical technology?

    Votes: 10 27.8%
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