Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

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Explain soldiers' feeling towards Burnside in Across Five Aprils. Chapter 8

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The soldiers' feeling towards Burnside is captured clearly in the understated ending of Shadrach's letter in Chapter 8.  Shadrach says,

"I should not like to live with Ambrose Burnside's thoughts - though one wonders if his conscience is not protected by a thick covering of stubborn self-righteousness.  Need I say that the men in the Army of the Potomac do not cheer General Burnside?"

Perhaps because of a determination "to show action and confidence where McClellan (whom he replaced) had shown...

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