Two days after fighting for the first time, at Antietam, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph G Cummins of the 124th Pennsylvania Infantry observed, in part

We marched, not knowing really where we were going. Our first position was lying down near a fence, and we were immediately under cross fire. From the position we were in it was strange that every man was not killed.

He’s seen here on a page from Green’s History of the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion 1862-1863 (1907), which is online thanks to the Hathi Trust.

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