Lees Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry

Lees Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker

Lees Last Casualty: The Life and Letters of Sgt. Robert W. Parker, Second Virginia Cavalry, Edited by Catherine M. Wright. The letters assembled in this extraordinarily rich collection were written by Robert W. Parker, an enlisted Confederate cavalryman who is thought to have been the last man killed in action in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. He is representative of the Confederate Everyman: a modest farmer in the antebellum years, his patriotic fervor spurred him at the beginning of the war to enlist in the Confederate Army, in which he served until his death during the last charge at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Anyone with an interest in how a typical soldier experienced the Civil War will find these letters both absorbing and enlightening. Catherine M. Wright is a collections manager at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia. She was formerly a curator at the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, Virginia. (240 pages, 9 x 6, Hardcover)

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