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10 thoughts on “Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade

  1. Sweetwilliam Sweetwilliam says:

    This is a very readable memoir of John Casler He was a foot soldier a pioneer engineer a part time deserter and he longed to be in the cavalry He finally got his wish to join the cavalry and was soon captured and ended the Civil War in a POW camp I've heard it said that Nostalgia is a dirty liar that insists things were better than they seemed If that is true Casler doesn't seem overly nostalgic His time in the Stonewall brigade was pretty miserable Insights gleaned from reading this book was that the infantry was a hellaciously difficult life; falling asleep on picket duty was a death sentence; and everyone longed to be in the cavalry In fact many who deserted did so just to join the cavalry or one of the many partisan bands that harassed the Union rear at all times Others did so to visit home which was often in areas occupied by Union troops Casler said that men from the part of Virginia where he lived weren’t used to so much walking That is an interesting comment from a member of Stonewall’s vaunted foot cavalry There are some funny anecdotes in this book I like the story about how protocol became a little lax by the wars end At first pickets were supposed to stand at their post As the war progressed and men and horseflesh were pushed to their limits men began to sit during picket duty Casler tells a humorous story about a sentry sitting down with his rifle in pieces when and an officer walks upon him and asked him what he was doing “Oh” said the soldier “I am sort of a sentinel”“Well” said the officer “don’t you know it is against orders to sit down on your post while on duty much less to take your guns to pieces in that manner”“That used to be the law in the commencement of the war” replied the sentinel “but it’s sort o’ played out now”“Yes but I want you to understand that I am officer of the day going on my rounds” “Are you” replied the sentinel “Well just hold on ‘till I get this old gun together and I’ll give you a sort o’ salute” Make no mistake; Casler is full of pride However if he had to do it all over again I’ll bet you my entire 401K that he’d of joined the cavalry


  2. Jeff Dawson Jeff Dawson says:

    This is the dairy and recollections of a one John Overton Casler It is a great story of the time he spent in the Confederate uniform The pride he had for serving under Jackson is emblematic Jackson was a true leader and showed great compassion and concern for the welfare of his men before during and after a battle Even after his death the pride of the unit never diminished There is no holding back on the ferocity of the battles he was in involved in Manassas Chancellorsville Gettysburg and a host of others I was fascinated with how many of the engagements happened on the Potomac river I found myself going to Goggle Earth to follow the progress of each engagement I couldn’t help but think how in the hell did the South not defeat the North Time and time again the South despite suffering horrendous casualties gave better than what they took Take into account the terrain he fought it it’s no wonder the American Civil War was one of the bloodies conflicts in World History sweltering heat forbidding forest mountainous terrain swollen streams and rivers The only recollection I uestioned was his comparison to Fort McHenry prison camp to Andersonville For the most part he was well fed and taken care of to a degree Anyone who has read anything about Andersonville knows it was hell on earth Other than that an excellent readFive Stars


  3. Monte Lamb Monte Lamb says:

    This is a most enjoyable book which outlines the author's experiences during the Civil War The beauty of the book is how it gives the reader the story of what the soldiers did between fighting It speaks about hunting for food going home and other daily events It is very readable and gives a true representation of the life of a Confederate soldier in Lee's army


  4. Russell G Edwards Russell G Edwards says:

    Excellent account by one who was thereJohn Casler describes his experiences as an active member of the brigade Casler lived through many terrible battles and his love and respect for Stonewall are reflected in this account


  5. Kenneth F Emsweller Kenneth F Emsweller says:

    Confederate Private AutobiographyThis book was written by a private in the Stonewall Brigade shortly after the war about his experiences during the war It is rather lengthy but we'll written It gives you a very good idea of what it was like to serve during the civil war


  6. Jurij Fedorov Jurij Fedorov says:

    I listened to the excellently narrated audiobook but you can find the book itself for free online's a fine enough book for people who are really interested in the American civil war but for me it felt 150 pages too long Often a lot of text was describing where the command or regiment I can't remember these terms travelled to or who the author met Often in technical ways and in kinda technical English It's not the simplest read but you can still understand it and enjoy it if you have the need to read such historical literature and are willing to focus on the text on the pageaudio It's largely of interest to Americans wanting to dive deep into their historyIt's a bit dry to be fair We mostly read about facts and not emotional talesChapter 1 5510A poetic reflection on war and the civil war If you like poetry this is for you but it feels impersonal and flashy instead of really explaining the war The war just started and then Virginia just had to join There is no logic here I need a personal touch and a rational logic not thisChapter 2 610Pretty basic chapter where he joins the Southern army He travels from town to town with the regiment and it all feels very top down as we read about the movements and singular events yet ideas and emotions are not on the forefront It's very well written and simple to understand but it feels pointlessChapter 3 710Very emotional chapter about his friend getting killed We actually don't learn much about anyone as such So little is said about personalities or life stories but death is coming for the regiment and you feel the battleChapter 4 510Lots of letters and opinions by other soldiers And a ton of info dumps about this or that event All hard to keep track of for meChapter 5 710Maybe not the most exciting chapter but the personal stories make it work overall A lot of small anecdotes and funny tales that reveal how the army worked for the soldiersChapter 6 610Again a ton of small anecdotes but this time impersonal battles Still engaging enough but feels unstructured againChapter 7 710The beginning lack of food creates some funny anecdotes here but overall it's hard to keep track of Now that I think about it this book needs an interactive map with it Without a map you can follow along on it becomes very hard to understand what the regiment didChapter 8 510Pretty average Not much to it as they just move about the battlefieldsChapter 9 5510More marching Pretty regular stuff but an interesting dialogue with a new soldier who tries to follow all rulesChapter 10 510More walking and fightingChapter 11 510Another very bloody battle Technical writing stillChapter 12 710Visiting his friends Curious chapter He says he knew everyone in town Whites and negroes but didn't want negroes to see him there and also avoid Union soldiers Because they could be turncoats In a former chapter a negroe boy helps them so this conclusion is not completely clear but I assume there is some race divide in their town Maybe an ideological oneChapter 13 710Spy mission where they steal horses Not really sure what this is about but it's one of the action packed chaptersChapter 14 510Still jumping from point to point but there are some clear stories hereChapter 15 710The great general Jackson is shot by his own army RIP It's a chapter on his funeral and everything that went along with it This is pretty much it for the South as losing the leaders that made the difference will just mean you are a weaker army with just as bad leadersChapter 16 610Food stealing and going into a conuered town with Union ladies there They also help free an old horse Interesting anecdotes but nothing specialChapter 17 510More unconnected stories Some interesting anecdotes but they are very short and it's mostly yet again flat expositionThe stories he tells about Union ladies are the most interesting but since he doesn't go into sex or flirting it becomes a bit tameChapter 18 61010 deserters are executedChapter 19 610Again a ton of mini stories For example he is close to falling in love yet we only hear just a few lines about the 3 women his group kept meeting with So who were these women How did they look like What did they say How did they behave All of this is not essential for the writer It's just some women they hang out with There is no dialogue here to get us into the situationAs you can see this is not really what a modern reader is seeking I'm not asking for sexual details but I do want info than given here Unfortunately the names of the people towns and soldiers is seemingly important than the emotional tales hereChapter 20 810Snowball fight chapter Very good Funny snowball fight lead by the generals And food anecdotes In this part of the book we also read about stealing and how watches and knives are taken from dead men The soldiers also constantly steal food and other things from town and from commanders This and then the constant running away just to visit their families and go back again is very dangerous If you go on personal leave which is normal and are captured you will be considered a deserter and may get executed Still they kept doing itChapter 21 610The battle is bloody and fast here which is interesting for sure But at this point the book is running very longChapter 22 610Pretty good They are going hungry and now have to search extra hard for food in his company Most inhabitants now don't have much food to give so they really don't want soldiers to take any anyWait till I clean my gun and I'll give you a sorta soluteChapter 23 610Clear storytelling This is good His group of sick friends are trying to escape the Union armyChapter 24 610Closer to the loss of the Confederate army Not really explained that well here and it's largely events he didn't take part inChapter 25 710They are hungry and poor They kidnap a cow salesman as they want food and riches It's at times hard to know how they are able to do this much by themselves outside the regiment but seems like their war was largely a guerilla warfare Groups just decide to do a lot of stuff by themselvesChapter 26 810He gets captured by Confederate troops that take all his things and even clothes But soon he discovers they are actually Union soldiers as their regiment is blueChapter 27 810Maybe the best chapter so far Still feels like he is just describing events from far above but a good prison story is always niceWhat really makes this is that instead of us just slinging from town to town and meeting hundreds of people we are in one location with only just those people there This focuses the story and finally makes the reader able to better visualize everythingChapter 28 710Some good prison survival stories and his release from prison after signing a declaration to serve USA and the presidentChapter 29 810A few pages long chapter about a prison escape I understood it all for once so I rate it highlyChapter 30 210A bunch of names and what happened to themChapter 31 710Not much info as it's a short chapter post the war on how the South is actually patriotic and that the war was pointless It's a nice moral lecture about union and respect of fellow soldiers Beautiful in a wayChapter 32 410Poems letters A bit pointless to be fairChapter 33 410Just extra stuff Good to have but the book is already 100 pages too long and this is too muchThe cantine poem is nice though


  7. Ira Livingston Ira Livingston says:

    Phenomenal book taken from his diaries that he kept while an infantryman in Stonewall's brigade Unlike the commander's memories this gives you a personal account and daily activities of the Civil War soldierWhat really was amazing was his description of one of the Winters and the snowball fight that several regiments took part in uite a surprise when you think of the heavy casualties that they all went through in the warHe even goes into smaller raids prison memories and meeting people at the reunions after the warRecommended for Civil War history buffs


  8. Bob Willis Bob Willis says:

    Four Years in the Stonewall BrigadeGood narrative of one soldier's experience during the U S Civil War Gives an in depth look into the life of an Infantryman's lifeRecommended reading for anyone interested in the civil war and the South at that time


  9. Bradley S Donovan Bradley S Donovan says:

    A must read for history lovers I have read many accounts of the war and this ranks with Sam Watkins Co Aytch The author accounts his experience with great detail and adds a little humor and humility as well


  10. Rev Rev says:

    Interesting book Very pleasant to read Well written


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10 thoughts on “Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade

  1. Sweetwilliam Sweetwilliam says:

    This is a very readable memoir of John Casler He was a foot soldier a pioneer engineer a part time deserter and he longed to be in the cavalry He finally got his wish to join the cavalry and was soon captured and ended the Civil War in a POW camp I've heard it said that Nostalgia is a dirty liar that insists things were better than they seemed If that is true Casler doesn't seem overly nostalgic His time in the Stonewall brigade was pretty miserable Insights gleaned from reading this book was that the infantry was a hellaciously difficult life; falling asleep on picket duty was a death sentence; and everyone longed to be in the cavalry In fact many who deserted did so just to join the cavalry or one of the many partisan bands that harassed the Union rear at all times Others did so to visit home which was often in areas occupied by Union troops Casler said that men from the part of Virginia where he lived weren’t used to so much walking That is an interesting comment from a member of Stonewall’s vaunted foot cavalry There are some funny anecdotes in this book I like the story about how protocol became a little lax by the wars end At first pickets were supposed to stand at their post As the war progressed and men and horseflesh were pushed to their limits men began to sit during picket duty Casler tells a humorous story about a sentry sitting down with his rifle in pieces when and an officer walks upon him and asked him what he was doing “Oh” said the soldier “I am sort of a sentinel”“Well” said the officer “don’t you know it is against orders to sit down on your post while on duty much less to take your guns to pieces in that manner”“That used to be the law in the commencement of the war” replied the sentinel “but it’s sort o’ played out now”“Yes but I want you to understand that I am officer of the day going on my rounds” “Are you” replied the sentinel “Well just hold on ‘till I get this old gun together and I’ll give you a sort o’ salute” Make no mistake; Casler is full of pride However if he had to do it all over again I’ll bet you my entire 401K that he’d of joined the cavalry

  2. Jeff Dawson Jeff Dawson says:

    This is the dairy and recollections of a one John Overton Casler It is a great story of the time he spent in the Confederate uniform The pride he had for serving under Jackson is emblematic Jackson was a true leader and showed great compassion and concern for the welfare of his men before during and after a battle Even after his death the pride of the unit never diminished There is no holding back on the ferocity of the battles he was in involved in Manassas Chancellorsville Gettysburg and a host of others I was fascinated with how many of the engagements happened on the Potomac river I found myself going to Goggle Earth to follow the progress of each engagement I couldn’t help but think how in the hell did the South not defeat the North Time and time again the South despite suffering horrendous casualties gave better than what they took Take into account the terrain he fought it it’s no wonder the American Civil War was one of the bloodies conflicts in World History sweltering heat forbidding forest mountainous terrain swollen streams and rivers The only recollection I uestioned was his comparison to Fort McHenry prison camp to Andersonville For the most part he was well fed and taken care of to a degree Anyone who has read anything about Andersonville knows it was hell on earth Other than that an excellent readFive Stars

  3. Monte Lamb Monte Lamb says:

    This is a most enjoyable book which outlines the author's experiences during the Civil War The beauty of the book is how it gives the reader the story of what the soldiers did between fighting It speaks about hunting for food going home and other daily events It is very readable and gives a true representation of the life of a Confederate soldier in Lee's army

  4. Russell G Edwards Russell G Edwards says:

    Excellent account by one who was thereJohn Casler describes his experiences as an active member of the brigade Casler lived through many terrible battles and his love and respect for Stonewall are reflected in this account

  5. Kenneth F Emsweller Kenneth F Emsweller says:

    Confederate Private AutobiographyThis book was written by a private in the Stonewall Brigade shortly after the war about his experiences during the war It is rather lengthy but we'll written It gives you a very good idea of what it was like to serve during the civil war

  6. Jurij Fedorov Jurij Fedorov says:

    I listened to the excellently narrated audiobook but you can find the book itself for free online's a fine enough book for people who are really interested in the American civil war but for me it felt 150 pages too long Often a lot of text was describing where the command or regiment I can't remember these terms travelled to or who the author met Often in technical ways and in kinda technical English It's not the simplest read but you can still understand it and enjoy it if you have the need to read such historical literature and are willing to focus on the text on the pageaudio It's largely of interest to Americans wanting to dive deep into their historyIt's a bit dry to be fair We mostly read about facts and not emotional talesChapter 1 5510A poetic reflection on war and the civil war If you like poetry this is for you but it feels impersonal and flashy instead of really explaining the war The war just started and then Virginia just had to join There is no logic here I need a personal touch and a rational logic not thisChapter 2 610Pretty basic chapter where he joins the Southern army He travels from town to town with the regiment and it all feels very top down as we read about the movements and singular events yet ideas and emotions are not on the forefront It's very well written and simple to understand but it feels pointlessChapter 3 710Very emotional chapter about his friend getting killed We actually don't learn much about anyone as such So little is said about personalities or life stories but death is coming for the regiment and you feel the battleChapter 4 510Lots of letters and opinions by other soldiers And a ton of info dumps about this or that event All hard to keep track of for meChapter 5 710Maybe not the most exciting chapter but the personal stories make it work overall A lot of small anecdotes and funny tales that reveal how the army worked for the soldiersChapter 6 610Again a ton of small anecdotes but this time impersonal battles Still engaging enough but feels unstructured againChapter 7 710The beginning lack of food creates some funny anecdotes here but overall it's hard to keep track of Now that I think about it this book needs an interactive map with it Without a map you can follow along on it becomes very hard to understand what the regiment didChapter 8 510Pretty average Not much to it as they just move about the battlefieldsChapter 9 5510More marching Pretty regular stuff but an interesting dialogue with a new soldier who tries to follow all rulesChapter 10 510More walking and fightingChapter 11 510Another very bloody battle Technical writing stillChapter 12 710Visiting his friends Curious chapter He says he knew everyone in town Whites and negroes but didn't want negroes to see him there and also avoid Union soldiers Because they could be turncoats In a former chapter a negroe boy helps them so this conclusion is not completely clear but I assume there is some race divide in their town Maybe an ideological oneChapter 13 710Spy mission where they steal horses Not really sure what this is about but it's one of the action packed chaptersChapter 14 510Still jumping from point to point but there are some clear stories hereChapter 15 710The great general Jackson is shot by his own army RIP It's a chapter on his funeral and everything that went along with it This is pretty much it for the South as losing the leaders that made the difference will just mean you are a weaker army with just as bad leadersChapter 16 610Food stealing and going into a conuered town with Union ladies there They also help free an old horse Interesting anecdotes but nothing specialChapter 17 510More unconnected stories Some interesting anecdotes but they are very short and it's mostly yet again flat expositionThe stories he tells about Union ladies are the most interesting but since he doesn't go into sex or flirting it becomes a bit tameChapter 18 61010 deserters are executedChapter 19 610Again a ton of mini stories For example he is close to falling in love yet we only hear just a few lines about the 3 women his group kept meeting with So who were these women How did they look like What did they say How did they behave All of this is not essential for the writer It's just some women they hang out with There is no dialogue here to get us into the situationAs you can see this is not really what a modern reader is seeking I'm not asking for sexual details but I do want info than given here Unfortunately the names of the people towns and soldiers is seemingly important than the emotional tales hereChapter 20 810Snowball fight chapter Very good Funny snowball fight lead by the generals And food anecdotes In this part of the book we also read about stealing and how watches and knives are taken from dead men The soldiers also constantly steal food and other things from town and from commanders This and then the constant running away just to visit their families and go back again is very dangerous If you go on personal leave which is normal and are captured you will be considered a deserter and may get executed Still they kept doing itChapter 21 610The battle is bloody and fast here which is interesting for sure But at this point the book is running very longChapter 22 610Pretty good They are going hungry and now have to search extra hard for food in his company Most inhabitants now don't have much food to give so they really don't want soldiers to take any anyWait till I clean my gun and I'll give you a sorta soluteChapter 23 610Clear storytelling This is good His group of sick friends are trying to escape the Union armyChapter 24 610Closer to the loss of the Confederate army Not really explained that well here and it's largely events he didn't take part inChapter 25 710They are hungry and poor They kidnap a cow salesman as they want food and riches It's at times hard to know how they are able to do this much by themselves outside the regiment but seems like their war was largely a guerilla warfare Groups just decide to do a lot of stuff by themselvesChapter 26 810He gets captured by Confederate troops that take all his things and even clothes But soon he discovers they are actually Union soldiers as their regiment is blueChapter 27 810Maybe the best chapter so far Still feels like he is just describing events from far above but a good prison story is always niceWhat really makes this is that instead of us just slinging from town to town and meeting hundreds of people we are in one location with only just those people there This focuses the story and finally makes the reader able to better visualize everythingChapter 28 710Some good prison survival stories and his release from prison after signing a declaration to serve USA and the presidentChapter 29 810A few pages long chapter about a prison escape I understood it all for once so I rate it highlyChapter 30 210A bunch of names and what happened to themChapter 31 710Not much info as it's a short chapter post the war on how the South is actually patriotic and that the war was pointless It's a nice moral lecture about union and respect of fellow soldiers Beautiful in a wayChapter 32 410Poems letters A bit pointless to be fairChapter 33 410Just extra stuff Good to have but the book is already 100 pages too long and this is too muchThe cantine poem is nice though

  7. Ira Livingston Ira Livingston says:

    Phenomenal book taken from his diaries that he kept while an infantryman in Stonewall's brigade Unlike the commander's memories this gives you a personal account and daily activities of the Civil War soldierWhat really was amazing was his description of one of the Winters and the snowball fight that several regiments took part in uite a surprise when you think of the heavy casualties that they all went through in the warHe even goes into smaller raids prison memories and meeting people at the reunions after the warRecommended for Civil War history buffs

  8. Bob Willis Bob Willis says:

    Four Years in the Stonewall BrigadeGood narrative of one soldier's experience during the U S Civil War Gives an in depth look into the life of an Infantryman's lifeRecommended reading for anyone interested in the civil war and the South at that time

  9. Bradley S Donovan Bradley S Donovan says:

    A must read for history lovers I have read many accounts of the war and this ranks with Sam Watkins Co Aytch The author accounts his experience with great detail and adds a little humor and humility as well

  10. Rev Rev says:

    Interesting book Very pleasant to read Well written

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