The martial music was booming out, and young men of the area were in high spirits as they climbed aboard the trains heading off for their training camp. Their average age was only 18. Tim Smith has researched the character of a number of these local men, and presented uniformed photos, and a short history of each. Most of them came home again, but a few did not. No one was singled out as a hero.
The history that you never hear of was the subject of the talk. At that time, groups of buddies from the same town were assigned to one company in training and on to the battlefield as well. They functioned together as a team.
Mr. Smith, now an official of the family-owned, oldest marine railway still operating in the South, had quite a collection of photos of local townsmen as they went off to fight. Ted discussed each man in detail, with a clarity that reveals an unusual personal interest in the human side of war and togetherness.
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