“War is not as romantic as it once seemed to me, the cruelty and suffering is incredible and worries one all the time…,” –Diary of Josiah Marshall Favill.

September 27th. The camp looks lonesome in the absence of so many familiar faces. If we could only get substitutes to take the places of those constantly dropping out through the casualties of war that would be some compensation, but as it is there is only a void, and the result is a general apathy, and loss of interest. War is not as romantic as it once seemed to me, the cruelty and suffering is incredible and worries one all the time, and the losses and destruction of human life, at all events in this war, are so enormous that it seems only a question of time, when all of us must be hors du combat.


Diary of a Young Officer–Josiah Marshall Favill (57th New York Infantry)

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