By Alfred Mallory Edgar
On may perhaps nine, 1861, at 23 years of age, Alfred volunteered for provider within the Greenbrier Rifles, which might turn into a part of the twenty seventh Virginia Infantry, a regiment within the well-known Stonewall Brigade of the accomplice military. The Stonewall Brigade got their identify from their mythical commander, common Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The twenty seventh Virginia fought in lots of of the foremost campaigns and battles of the Civil warfare, together with First Manassas, the 1862 Shenandoah Valley crusade, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the 1864 battles of the desert. Edgar used to be wounded within the left shoulder on the Bloody attitude at Spotsylvania courtroom residence, Virginia, on may perhaps 12, 1864, and was once made a prisoner of battle. He used to be despatched to fortress Delaware until eventually he grew to become a part of a bunch that may be referred to as The Immortal six hundred. This team of accomplice officials have been taken to Morris Island, South Carolina, on the front to Charleston Harbor, and uncovered to enemy artillery hearth for forty five days in an try to silence the accomplice gunners manning citadel Sumter. This was once in retaliation for the accomplice military imprisoning 50 Union military officials and utilizing them as human shields opposed to federal artillery within the urban of Charleston, in an try and cease Union artillery from firing upon the town. Edgar was once eventually published on June sixteen, 1865.
In June, 1875, he married Lydia McNeel, daughter of Col. Paul McNeel, whom he had met whereas a pupil on the outdated Lewisburg Academy. They settled at Hillsboro in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the place he was once a farmer and stockman. Captain Edgar died in Pocahontas County on October eight, 1913, and is buried within the McNeel Cemetery.
Later in lifestyles, he wrote his recollections of the battle. This paintings offers these memoirs with in basic terms minimum enhancing. it's the compelling own account of a tender accomplice soldier describing his dramatic adventure within the Civil conflict and its effect on his existence, kin, and community.