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I count 109 words...in one sentence. Some people may never be able to get past this in terms of trying to read Carman. However I enjoy reading it; but I have to go slow, re-read, and I often find myself chopping up the excruciatingly long sentences like this one, into more easily understandable ones. Despite my grousing here, I don’t think I would want it any other way. It forces me to read deeply and repetitively. I am facing this sometimes obstacle course of words - and learning. When I need clarity and context, the hundreds of phenomenal footnotes offered by editor Tom Clemens provide it.
If you are ready to read the next sentence and find out what happened to Captain Poland's advance toward Sharpsburg, read The Maryland Campaign by Ezra Carman, edited and annotated by Tom Clemens.