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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2018 9:26 p.m. PST

"It pays to read the (often lengthy) footnotes when researching first-person accounts in the venerable Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. Seemingly minor vignettes can speak to big issues. An article by Colonel Rush C. Hawkins describing his service in the Sounds of North Carolina with the 1862 Burnside Expedition provides an example.

In an otherwise unremarkable action in June of that year, Hawkins's navy counterpart and friend, Lieutenant Commander Charles W. Flusser, steamed his gunboats into and occupied the town of Plymouth near the mouth of the Roanoke River. Shortly thereafter, Hawkins arrived with Company F of his 9th New York Zouaves to assume guard and observation duty…"
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