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Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade

Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
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Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever. But this is one of the clearest and most informative ever put into audio.

As a commander in Stonewall Jackson's brigade, John Casler experienced all the horrors and comedy of the American Civil War. His time was not so different from his countrymen on the other side, with the exception of point of view.

"I was no secessionist and hoped the trouble would be settled without recourse to arms; but when the war came, I shouldered my musket on behalf of my native state and defended her to the last."

Drawn from his diary at the time, Casler recounts his experiences in the ranks, from marches and looting to nail-biting escapades and the monotony of life as a prisoner of war. Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade is a remarkable account of men in war, graphically bringing to light the challenges they faced on a daily basis.

©2016 John O. Casler (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Dennis
  • 13-10-2017

The Common Soldier's Story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It put into words, hardships, daring, bravery and comradeship that is difficult for those of us who did not live during this time period. The author's descriptions and the reader's ability to bring those words to life were quite enjoyable and informative to me.

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  • Damian
  • 01-02-2019

A superb memoir...

that transcends a simple War Story. Whether by design or just the luck of a natural raconteur, Private Casler manages to enlighten on almost every aspect of a Civil War Soldiers life. His experiences as an infantry man, Pioneer Corps engineer, forger/raider, prospective cavalrymen and prisoner are both amazing and enlightening. His story is told without rancor and in the spirit of reconciliation. This is not a peroration of an unreconstructed savage, but the story of a noble, devoted and patriotic (Southern) American. The PC history revisionists would do well to listen and learn.

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  • Regina G.
  • 08-09-2020

The story of a Johnny Reb

It was so nice to read about the Civil War from the perspective of a private’s experience rather than a general’s memoirs. I almost passed on this one because the Audible Summary said it was written by a commander. Far from it! Confederate Private John O Casler’s account of his service really gives you a taste of the day to day soldier’s life. He recalls the hardships and drudgery, but also the mischief and and adventures he and his comrades had. I have have extensively read about the Civil War and I am certainly glad I read this man’ story!

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  • James
  • 24-07-2020

Good glimpse into the soldier's struggles

There is a lack of personal accounts of the civil war, specifically of the lower ranks. Of course generals and other leaders had the resources to publish their works, but it's not often you'd find a simple soldier's story.
This book was obviously written many years following the war. The author had good recollection of events, but it may have been even more dramatic if written immediately after the war.

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  • Clint
  • 24-05-2020

Great Civil War Experience

I really enjoyed it John casler is recounting of his time during the Civil war. I especially enjoyed his mischief and antics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2020

Great book on the civil war!

Great book! Lots of interesting tales throughout. It has a good view of his life throughout the war and speaks of the struggles soldiers endured.

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  • brischro
  • 31-12-2019

the privates life in lee's army

a great story. one unlike most of the era based on the fact that John was a private. the common soldier. he has filled the pages with an uncommon view ans one that brings great humor.