Puzzler #1 *BONUS ROUND ANSWERS*
When President LINCOLN called for 300,000 more men for the Union Army, Illinois men, among others, came to the RESCUE. One of those men, Sergeant George F. Cram, wrote about his deep admiration for General William Starke Rosecrans, or ROSEY, as he was nicknamed, which revealed the great contrast in field soldiers' sentiments for Rosecrans compared to his predecessor, General Don Carlos BUELL. As soldiers built Fort Thomas in Gallatin on the banks of the CUMBERLAND River, they had their first experiences with hiring men into the regiment from middle Tennessee who had been for mer SLAVES. Yes, learning to become a soldier was hard work for Cram and his comrades from IL. And they had to HONE their skills, but they were young and had SPUNK even if they were equipped with a poor quality GUN. When he wrote to his Mother and Uncle RUFUS, Cram often omitted the details of the RED fields encountered on their journey. As supplies ran low, detachments of troops were sent to FORAGE the countryside for provisions.
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