Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies: General Joseph Kershaw's Account of Gettysburg and the Pennsylvania Campaign (Illustrated)by Joseph B. Kershaw
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Joseph Brevard Kershaw (January 5, 1822 – April 13, 1894) was a lawyer, judge, and a Confederate general in the Civil War who commanded the 2nd South Carolina Infantry regiment at the beginning of the war, taking part in the First Battle of Bull Run. From there, Kershaw began to rise in command, eventually being commissioned a brigadier general on February 13, 1862 and commanding a brigade in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the Peninsula Campaign. Kershaw continued to command a brigade at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg before going with the rest of General James Longstreet’s corps out west, fighting at Chickamauga and Knoxville.
Kershaw eventually commanded a division at the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and Cold Harbor, and was engaged in the Shenandoah campaign of 1864 against Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan. After the evacuation of Richmond, his troops formed part of Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's corps, which was captured at the Battle of Sayler's Creek, April 6, 1865.
After the Pennsylvania Campaign, Kershaw wrote an account of his brigade’s role during Gettysburg and the rest of the campaign, most notably on Day 2 of the battle. Kershaw’s account became part of The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. This edition of his account of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Pennsylvania Campaign includes illustrations and maps of the campaign, and it also includes pictures of the important commanders of the battle.
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