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How a One-Legged Rebel Lives. Reminiscences of the Civil War. The

ROBSON, John S. ROBSON, John S. How a One-Legged Rebel Lives. Reminiscences of the Civil War. The Story of the Campaigns of Stonewall Jackson, as Told by a High Private in the "Foot Cavalry." From Alleghany Mountain to Chancellorsville. With the Complete Regimental Rosters of Both the Great Armies at Gettysburg. [Durham, NC: The Educator Co., Printers and Binders, 1898]. 192pp. Portrait frontis. Later black morocco, black morocco spine labels, original pictorial wrappers bound in. Light chipping to wrappers, else very good. Dornbusch II, 1464. An expanded version of the 1876 text. Robson (1844-1920) enlisted in Company D of the 52d Virginia Confederate Infantry in July, 1861. "The volunteer of 1861 was a very elaborate institution, and entertained the idea that he was little if any inferior to Napoleon." Re-enlisting in May 1862, he served until wounded at Cedar Creek, when his leg was amputated. "No applicant for charity," Robson says the "chief object in this work is to get something to support myself with .there being so few positions open to a man maimed as I am." He describes life in the infantry and under Jackson, recounts the battles in which they engaged, frequently including casualty and prisoner reports. He prints several lists: relative numbers in both armies (whites, coloreds, and Indians), battles of Virginia, generals and troops of divisions and corps. Robson wrote a shorter book in 1876, whose title begins, "How a One-Legged Rebel Lives.," and concludes with a sketch of the life of the Virginia sculptor John Randolph Barbee. It is a substantially different work, only a portion of which deals with his wartime service. Not in Cappon, Haynes, Swem, Nevins (several of which list his 1876 work).