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Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade : American Civil War Classics - John O. Casler

Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade

American Civil War Classics

By: John O. Casler, Robert K. Krick (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2005
ISBN: 9781570035951
Number Of Pages: 408

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The classic tale of battle, roguery, and capture from the Army of Northern Virginia. 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.

"It was difficult for a soldier to figure out why a gold watch or money in the pocket of a dead soldier, who had been trying to kill him all day, did not belong to the man who found it as much as it did to anyone else."

Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
List of Illustrationsp. xxvii
p. 11
The War Inevitable
p. 15
Enters the Army
Attached to T. J. Jackson's Brigade
Bull Run
In Line of Battle
Pledges Burial to a Companion
p. 25
First Battle of Bull Run
General Jackson's Brigade Christened Stonewall
Fulfills Pledge and Buries Dead Body of Comrade
p. 34
Letters of Colonel A. C. Cummings, Captain Randolph Barton and J. O. Casler
p. 47
Gets in the Guardhouse
Jackson Promoted to Major General
His Address to the Brigade
p. 62
Midwinter Campaign of '62
Battle of Kernstown, or First Battle of Winchester
p. 72
Up the Shenandoah
Battle of McDowell
From Front Royal to Harper's Ferry
A Running Fight of Fifty Miles
Jackson's Retreat Up the Valley
p. 82
Death of Ashby
Battle of Cross Keys
Battle of Port Republic
On the Road to Richmond
R. E. Lee in Command
First Battle of Cold Harbor
p. 90
Savage Station
Malvern Hill
The Blues and Grays Mingle in the Blackberry Field
Incidents of the Seven Days' Fight
p. 98
Battle of Cedar Mountain
Death of General Winder
Flag of Truce
p. 106
Capture of Commissary Stores at Manassas Junction
Second Battle of Manassas
p. 114
Soldiers Shot for Desertion
Battle of Chantilly
Death of General Kearney
Battles of South Mountain and Antietam
Jackson Captures Harper's Ferry
Skirmishes at Kearneysville
p. 125
Lieutenant Blue's Scouting Party
Join the "Outfit"
Thrilling Adventures
p. 136
At Imboden's Camp
Detailed in the Pioneer Corps
p. 141
Battle of Chancellorsville
Jackson's Flank Movement
Receives His Death Wounds
Last Words of "Stonewall"
p. 163
To Culpepper, Front Royal, Winchester, Shepherdstown, Williamsport, Hagerstown and Up the Cumberland Valley to Carlisle
p. 173
On the March to Gettysburg
Battle of Gettysburg
In Position at Culp's Hill
In Line July 4, 1863
Retreat to the Potomac
Building Pontoons
Cross Into Virginia
p. 183
Interesting Adventures
Deserters Shot to Death
p. 192
Flank Movement Towards Washington
Turned Back at Bristow Station
Kelly's Ford
Retreat Across the Rapidan
Mine Run
p. 200
Battle of the Snowballs
General Grant Takes Command of Army of the Potomac
Battle of the Wilderness
In a Hot Place May 11th
Battle of Spottsylvania Court House May 12th
p. 215
Clubby Johnson Prisoner
"Remember Fort Pillow! Charge"
Back in Company A
A Terrible Night on Picket
To Sleep Was Death
Battles of Bethesda Church
p. 223
Second Battle of Cold Harbor
At Lynchburg
Federals Retreat to West Virginia
Brigades Consolidated
p. 231
Battle of Monocacy
Skirmish at Winchester
In Line at Cedar Creek
Battle of Winchester or Opequon
Early Retreats Up the Valley
Thrilling Adventures
p. 239
Death of Lieutenant Meigs, U.S.A.
Battle of Cedar Creek
p. 247
The Last of Company A
Attempts to Wade the Potomac
Capture of McFern
p. 257
Lets McFern Escape
Captured by the "Jessie Scouts"
On the Road to Prison
p. 266
Prisoners on the March
Two Escape
Arraigned Before Sheridan
Treated as Guerrillas
At Fort McHenry
p. 278
Lee Surrenders
Lincoln Assassinated
Released From Prison
Oath of Allegiance
p. 287
Arrives at Home
Neither a Hero Nor a Coward
p. 292
Justice to Absentees
Roster of Company A
Roster of the Officers of the 33d Regiment, Stonewall Brigade, 1st Division, and 2d Corps, with List of Killed, Wounded and Prisoners
p. 299
A Few Opinions
Devotion of the Soldiers
A Rebel Colonel Resents the Hissing of the Stars and Stripes in a London Theater
Union Soldiers Protect Rebel Soldiers in Baltimore
p. 304
Tribute to the Women of the South
Their Appeal to the Soldiers
Romantic Letter of War Times
p. 315
Southern Songs and Poems
Appendixp. 330
A Daring and Famous Raid
Capture of Generals Crook and Kelley by the McNeil Rangers
Last Words of Stonewall Jackson
The Homespun Dress
History of the Stonewall Jackson Brigade Medal
An Interesting Incident
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9781570035951
ISBN-10: 1570035954
Series: American Civil War Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st September 2005
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition