Ten Months in the "Orphan Brigade": Conrad Wise Chapman's Civil War Memoir


Conrad Wise Chapman could have looked forward to a productive life as an expatriate painter in Italy. But, when word of the Civil War reached Rome, he ran away to enlist in the Confederate army. This memoir, written from memory in 1867 and aided in part by his extensive correspondence with his family, alternately sparkles with humor and wit and bristles with a passionate hatred for Yankees. He recalled his soldiering days with nostalgia, for he suspected those months in the army might have been the high point of his life.


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