George Sargent grew up in the most terrible war for America, the Civil War, yet his diary documenting his experience in war speaks to us of a justifiable pride in our political institutions, our ability to transcend cultural conditioning, our resiliency and fortitude, and our capacity to fight for ideals without bitterness. He primarily joined the army to prevent the country from being divided. He and fellow soldiers were fighting, as he puts it, “for our beloved country.” 
History as Literature
Sep 01 1989
For Our Beloved Country: The Diary of a Bugler
In the fall of 1861 I caught the disease called war fever, which was spreading very rapidly about that time, and if once fairly seated it is hard to be cured, no matter how much doctoring you have done. In November I applied at the recruiting office of the 24th Massachusetts Volunteers to make one of that regiment. I signed my name to the roll, then was told to make the surgeon a visit for inspection. I found him all ready to receive visitors, so I pulled off my dry goods and he made an examination.