Four Years In The Stonewall Brigade

Four Years In The Stonewall Brigade

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by John O. Casler
     
 

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From his looting of farmhouses during the Gettysburg campaign and robbing of fallen Union soldiers as opportunity allowed to his five arrests for infractions of military discipline and numerous unapproved leaves, John O. Casler�s actions during the Civil War made him as much a rogue as a Rebel. Though he was no model soldier, his forthright confessions of his service

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From his looting of farmhouses during the Gettysburg campaign and robbing of fallen Union soldiers as opportunity allowed to his five arrests for infractions of military discipline and numerous unapproved leaves, John O. Casler�s actions during the Civil War made him as much a rogue as a Rebel. Though he was no model soldier, his forthright confessions of his service years in the Army of Northern Virginia stand among the most sought after and cited accounts by a Confederate soldier. First published in 1893 and significantly revised and expanded in 1906, Casler�s Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade recounts the truths of camp life, marches, and combat. Moreover, Casler�s recollections provide an unapologetic view of the effects of the harsh life in Stonewall�s ranks on an average foot soldier and his fellows.

A native of Gainesboro, Virginia, with an inherent wanderlust and thirst for adventure, Casler enlisted in June 1861 in what became Company A, 33rd Virginia Infantry, and participated in major campaigns throughout the conflict, including Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Captured in February 1865, he spent the final months of the war as a prisoner at Fort McHenry, Maryland. His postwar narrative recalls the realities of warfare for the private soldier, the moral ambiguities of thievery and survival at the front, and the deliberate cruelties of capture and imprisonment with the vivid detail, straightforward candor, and irreverent flair for storytelling that have earned Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade its place in the first rank of primary literature of the Confederacy.

This edition features a new introduction by Robert K. Krick chronicling Casler�s origins and his careers after the war as a writer and organizer of Confederate veterans groups.

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Released in 1893 and revised and expanded in 1906, Casler's firsthand account of his time in the Confederate Army is as much about looting and lining his pockets as about combat. His honesty as to the moral ambiguity of stealing from the dead as well as the confusion at the front lines and the cruelty he suffered as an eventual prisoner makes this valuable. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570035951
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
American Civil War Classics Ser.
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.92(d)

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Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A first hand account of service in the brigade of Stonewall Jackson. Very interesting and captivating, including battles, personal hi-jinks, side trips to the family, a special mission to capture Northern generals, and prison time. RB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
story about a privates experiences,and also a seemingly honest account of his character .well balanced and honest.would have given the book 5 stars but for the main issue of the war, slavery and the unapologetic attitude of southern soldiers.States rights,I believe they call it,but the states rights were going to be the loss of slavery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im da first