Chapter 4-The Massacre at Akron
Few history books would call the Ohio campaign justified.It was an outright act of greed and imperialism.The Pennsylvanians had won the past Battle of Boardman,and were on a forced march to Akron.
Luke didnt care about the soldiers,about himself,or about the war.He wanted to go home and start over again.He knew if completed his service he would be given land and money,he didnt want that.He wanted to go back home to his family,his mother and father,aunts and uncles,grandparents.There was no romanticism,no heroes.The only thing that came from war was death,and the stench of death was everywhere.The green troops were expecting to be heroes and be known worldwide,Luke didnt want to tell them and shatter their dreams.They could experience it first hand.
When they arrived at Akron,the rabble of soldiers barely had time to surrender.They were cut down by our machinegund and rifles,blown up by artillery and tanks,demoralized by the screams of their friends.Luke smelled it again,the stench of death.These men were once brothers under one nation,fighting for freedom.Now they were fighting each other.By the end,there were only 209 men on the opposite side out of 900.We had lost 23 men.
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