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June 7-10, 1863: James wrote about finally leaving Nashville, marching to Murfreesboro, and standing guard on picket duty: "Picket duty is very pleasant and exciting...Any enterprising fellow can have a shot whenever he wants to, by risking more or less his own life." Pictured: The Army of the Potomac - the Picket Guard, Harper's Weekly, November 2, 1861. Missouri History Museum.

June 7-10, 1863: James wrote about finally leaving Nashville, marching to Murfreesboro, and standing guard on picket duty: "Picket duty is very pleasant and exciting...Any enterprising fellow can have a shot whenever he wants to, by risking more or less his own life." Pictured: The Army of the Potomac - the Picket Guard, Harper's Weekly, November 2, 1861. Missouri History Museum.

June 7-10, 1863: James wrote about finally leaving Nashville, marching to Murfreesboro, and standing guard on picket duty: "Picket duty is very pleasant and exciting...Any enterprising fellow can have a shot whenever he wants to, by risking more or less his own life." Pictured: The Army of the Potomac - the Picket Guard, Harper's Weekly, November 2, 1861. Missouri History Museum.

June 7-10, 1863: James wrote about finally leaving Nashville, marching to Murfreesboro, and standing guard on picket duty: "Picket duty is very pleasant and exciting...Any enterprising fellow can have a shot whenever he wants to, by risking more or less his own life." Pictured: The Army of the Potomac - the Picket Guard, Harper's Weekly, November 2, 1861. Missouri History Museum.

Every year thousands of Americans keep the memory alive by reenacting Civil War campaigns and battles

Civil War brought to life: Photographer uses period techniques to recreate the battlefields of centuries ago with glimpses of the modern world

Every year thousands of Americans keep the memory alive by reenacting Civil War campaigns and battles

[Bermuda Hundred, Va. African-American teamsters near the signal tower], 1864.  Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. Shows group of seven "contrabands" dressed in old Union uniforms standing in front of a wagon and shack.

[Bermuda Hundred, Va. African-American teamsters near the signal tower], 1864. Photograph from the main eastern theater of the war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. Shows group of seven "contrabands" dressed in old Union uniforms standing in front of a wagon and shack.

General W.T. Sherman and Staff, Sept 1864 in large confederate fort west of Atlanta.

General W.T. Sherman and Staff, Sept 1864 in large confederate fort west of Atlanta.

Artistic and glamorous depiction of Custer and his Last Fight/Stand.

Artistic and glamorous depiction of Custer and his Last Fight/Stand.

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