This is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States. The Gettysburg Address in its 269 words says it perfectly, Ken Burns in his documentary presents it well. But Lincolns words are for all the veterans of all wars. Civil Wars can be particularly horrific. Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, is a classic book written about the Battle of Chancellorsville. It is written from the point of view of a young man who enlisted to fight for the North and who wanted "glory." It is worthwhile reading or re-reading. The writing is haunting.