This brief reading focuses on two wounded from the Battle of Gettysburg, and Tillie Pierce, 15, who watches over one and promises to come see him the next morning.
The soldier dies before she returns; and a brief writing assignment for students is included. What was the wounded soldier thinking about during his last night on earth? (Students may also offer different endings to the story.)
The second wounded soldier is actually a woman in disguise, noted in a letter home by another wounded soldier.