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By Gordon Blackwell Bonan

The sting of Mosby’s Sword is the 1st scholarly quantity to delve into the tale of 1 of John Singleton Mosby’s so much depended on and revered officials, Colonel William Henry Chapman. proposing either army and private views of Chapman’s lifestyles, Gordon B. Bonan bargains an in-depth knowing of a guy reworked by way of the shattering of his state. This painstakingly researched account exposes a soldier and patriot whose convictions forced him to conflict fiercely for Southern independence; whose quest for greatness soured while confronted with the brutal realities of conflict; and who sought to heal his wounded country whilst the weapons of conflict have been silenced.             Born right into a prosperous slave-owning kinfolk, Chapman used to be a scholar of the fiery secessionist rhetoric of antebellum Virginia who eagerly sought glory and experience at the battlefields of the Civil struggle. Bonan lines Chapman’s evolution from an impassioned pupil on the collage of Virginia to an skilled warrior and chief, supplying new perception into the officer’s a number of army accomplishments. Explored listed below are Chapman’s formerly ignored endeavors as a pupil warrior, chief of the Dixie Artillery, and as second-in-command to Mosby, together with his participation within the trap of Harpers Ferry, the battering of Union forces at moment Manassas, and his ferocious raids throughout the 1864 Shenandoah Valley crusade. Bonan unearths clean views at the intrepid maneuvers of Mosby’s Rangers, the hardships of conflict, and Chapman’s the most important function because the correct hand of the “Gray Ghost.” yet whereas Mosby famous him for his bravery and bold, the celebrity Chapman sought continuously eluded him. in its place, together with his honors and successes got here disillusionment and sorrow, as he watched comrades and civilians alike succumb to the bad toll of the war.            the tip of the fight among North and South observed Chapman settle for defeat with dignity, best the Rangers to their legitimate give up and parole at Winchester. With the horrors of the warfare in the back of him, he speedy moved to embody the rebuilding of his state, becoming a member of the Republican get together and starting a forty-two-year occupation on the IRS implementing Federal legislations in the course of the South. In the top, Chapman’s lifestyles is a examine in contradictions: nationalism and reconciliation; slavery and liberty; vengeance and chivalry.

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Burton, Extraordinary Circumstances: The Seven Days’ Battles. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001), 277. 8 The Federal army crossed the Chickahominy River at Bottom’s Bridge on 20 May and continued advancing to the crossroads of Seven Pines, six miles distant. By the twenty-fourth, the right flank was within five miles of Richmond at Mechanicsville. Then, Johnston saw an opportunity to strike the Federal left flank. Three of the five Federal army corps were north of the Chickahominy, two were south of the river, and Johnston devised a potentially lethal strike to the two exposed southern army corps.

The battery had neither horses nor harnesses to transport its meager equipment. Instead, a hired team hauled the two small guns, caisson, and other equipment. The men reached Winchester on Sunday. They had hoped to get authority from Johnston to purchase horses and harnesses, but their dream of finally being attached to the army and equipping the battery was dashed. Johnston had already moved out of the Shenandoah Valley to join fellow Confederate general P. G. T. 13 Orders to join Johnston at Manassas did not arrive for another month.

Sam Chapman joined the battery in October. This was the beginning of a close association between the Chapman brothers that would last throughout the war. Cousin Judah Forrer left the battery in January to assist in his uncle’s ironworks. 22 The weeks before the end of the year saw command of the battery pass from Booton to Chapman. Booton had been elected to the Virginia House of Delegates the previous May and resigned his commission on 21 November to attend the 1861–62 session, which began on 2 December.

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