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George Sargent

George Sargent grew up in the most terrible war for America, the Civil War, yet his diary documenting his experience in war speaks to us of a justifiable pride in our political institutions, our ability to transcend cultural conditioning, our resiliency and fortitude, and our capacity to fight for ideals without bitterness. He primarily joined the army to prevent the country from being divided. He and fellow soldiers were fighting, as he puts it, “for our beloved country.” [1989]