Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All - Study Guide Book II, pgs. 153-218 Summary & Analysis

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Captain tells Lucy what it is like to be in war and how he obtained a watch from a dying Union soldier. He had dragged the injured soldier into a ditch with him. The soldier, Simon Utt, asks him to send the timepiece to his family if he doesn't survive. When he dies, Will takes the address from Simon's pocket and leaves him in the ditch. That night, he began writing a letter to Mrs. Utt.

Will constructed a wood box for the watch and burned pictures on the outside. While standing in line at the mail tent, he realized that as a Confederate soldier, he can't send a package to a northern address. He had killed the man!

For the remainder of the war, Will didn't shoot much at the enemy unless one of his officers was there and then...

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