“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”1


The outcome hung in desperate uncertainty. Whichever side won this battle would certainly win the war, and an obscure colonel unknowingly held the key to the now-famous battle.

Several weeks earlier, 120 members of the Second Maine Infantry Regiment laid down their arms in protest when a small group of their fellow soldiers were discharged from active service. Because of bureaucratic bungling some soldiers were mistakenly enrolled for a two-year enlistment and others for three. The three-year enlistees wanted the same treatment ...

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