The attached collection of Civil War letters, written by an anonymous member of an Illinois regiment, was printed in a men's magazine in 1917, a time when the U.S. was gearing-up for it's first military adventure in Europe. The editors wished only to impart to their younger readers what a soldier's life is like:
"At last we fixed bayonets and started on a charge into a hazel thicket. When we had advanced into it about 100 yards the musketry opened on us at 70 yards. Such a rattling of musketry and whistling of bullets I do not want to hear again. Of course, we did our best to return the compliment."