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of the Wilderness: The Civil War Memoir of Cpl. Norton C. Shepard,
NY Volunteer Regt.
by Raymond W. Smith
In this brief memoir, Cpl. Shepard tells the story of his wounding at the Battle
of the Wilderness, his subsequent care at a nearby Confederate hospital, and his
repatriation by a Union force sent specifically to recapture their wounded
comrades. A moving personal
experience written by a literate member of the 146th NY.
The memoir is fully annotated, illustrated, and indexed.
The 146th NY (the Fifth Oneida) was recruited from Oneida County and the
Utica/Rome, NY, area. The Regiment fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,
Gettysburg, Mine Run, the Wilderness Campaign, Petersburg, Five Forks and the
Appomattox Campaign. Shepard spent his life after the War in Rome, NY, Oneida
County, western NY (Cherry Creek, Jamestown), the Fingerlakes region and Lewis
County. He died in Penn Yan, Yates County, NY.
The editor of this volume, Raymond W. Smith, is a Historical Preservation
Program Analyst in the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, &
Historical Preservation in Albany, NY. Mr. Smith discovered Shepard's unsigned
manuscript in the Yates County Genealogical & Historical Society in an old
ledger from the Adirondack Lodge in Brantingham Lake, NY. The story of Smith's
search for the author of the ms, recounted in this book's introduction, is
itself a treatise on historical research.
Foreword by Michael Russert. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", softcover,
Illustrations, Notes, Index, pH neutral paper. Copyright 1988.
ISBN: 0-892059-00-2. Price:
editor of this volume, Raymond W. Smith, is a Historic Preservation Program
Analyst with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation. Mr. Smith discovered
Shepard’s unsigned manuscript in the Yates County Genealogical &
Historical Society in an old ledger from the Adirondack Lodge in Brantingham
Lake, NY, which he operated in the lated 1890’s.
The story of Smith’s search for the author of the manuscript is
recounted in this book's introduction, is itself a treatise on historical
Reviews: “Out of the Wilderness is a marvelous piece of military literature. This odyssey of a common soldier, his plight, and that of his comrades in one small corner of a major battlefield is a treasure.” ~~Michael Russert
“Out of the Wilderness is quick reading, yet contains nuggets that will give the historian much to ponder.” ~~John T. Zwemer, Military Collector & Historian
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The Civil War Memoir of Cpl. Norton C. Shepard, 146th New York Volunteer
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