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Soldiers tell own stories

July 14, 2014
By LARRY HARDMAN , Special to the Tribune Chronicle

The experiences of those who marched, fought, and survived the trials and tribulations of the war are most profound when written in their own hand. Elliott Grabil of Company C, Seventh Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, who served alongside Company H of Warren and Company I of Youngstown shares with the readers a glimpse of life in the field. He covers a variety of topics often written about over the years since the war but the personal touch puts you a little closer to the reality of it all. Mr. Grabil was one of the lucky ones who survived the war without personal injury. When the Seventh Regiment left for the wilds of Western Virginia in the summer of 1861 none of the 1010 men knew what to expect. Many of them had never seen a mountain before let alone look someone in the face who was trying to put a bullet in them. Their lives were changed quickly and forever.



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