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Out of the Wilderness: The Civil War Memoir of Cpl. Norton C. Shepard,

146th NY Volunteer Regt.

Edited 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:  $11.95

            Editor:   The 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 research.

            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

Civil War books Schroeder Publications Out of the Wilderness Out of the Wilderness:  The Civil War Memoir of Cpl. Norton C. Shepard, 146th New York Volunteer Regiment

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