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Meanwhile, General Sherman’s army seems to have disappeared. Then there are two battles near Nashville, and from there the family receives a letter from John. He writes of the battle then adds a second page telling how, while taking care of rebel prisoners, he sees his brother, Bill. The two talk as brothers, John telling Bill all the news from home. They part, reluctantly, and Bill calls John back insisting that John tell the family that Bill was not at Pittsburgh Landing. He did not fire the bullet that killed Tom.
This chapter uses John’s letters to mark the importance of family. Though his first hand accounts of battle are disturbing, his focus is always on home. He writes to his wife, Nancy, but includes information and sentiment for Jethro, his brother, and Ellen, his mother. The reunion of John and Bill allows for brotherhood among the “thousands of sad men”, as John recounts the events of family.
The power of the Presidency is also noted. Though public opinion wavers, Lincoln still gives noteworthy speeches, wins reelection, and inspires love and admiration, notably from Jethro, Shad, and Ross Milton.
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