The Sword of Lincoln, Preview 2

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A second, and very brief, look at Jeffrey D. Wert’s history of the Army of the Potomac, The Sword of Lincoln:

“During one action [at Chancellorsville], a Rebel sharpshooter killed Brigadier General Amiel W. Whipple, a Third corps division commander. When Private John Haley of the 17th Maine heard of Whipple’s death, he was astonished. ‘How any bullet ever pierced General Whipple’s armor of dirt is a mystery of mysteries,’ exclaimed Haley. ‘I considered him perfectly safe from any missile weighing less than a ton, having a casing of dirt of unknown thickness supposed to be invulnerable.'”

[It is worth noting that the first territorial capital of Arizona was named Fort Whipple, in honor of the fallen general.]

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