Gettysburg’s Headlines, Day Two (Don’t Worry, Be Happy)


J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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9 Responses

  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The report you’re describing sounds exactly like liveblogging.Report

  2. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    and in Vicksburg, “there was also plenty of water”

    I believe that’s called the Mississippi.Report

    • Avatar J@m3z Aitch in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      Explaining why the word “potable” was noticeably absent.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to J@m3z Aitch says:

        Was it not potable in those days? Mark Twain used to scare the apprentice pilots by telling them a trained pilot could tell where he was on the river by the taste of it.Report

        • Avatar J@m3z Aitch in reply to Mike Schilling says:

          I was mostly joking about its muddiness–even back then it was called “the Big Muddy”–and the unpleasantness of drinking top-soil laden water. I don’t know about it’s actual potability prior to the industrial revolution, but I do know that most surface water back then tended to be unsafe; a source for typhus, cholera, etc., which is why most people drank “small” beer (very low alcoholic content beer); a much safer source for the water your body needs.Report