At one of the crucial moments in that war, at Gettysburg, Shepard was thrust into a leadership position that he did not expect nor yet seek; but when duty called, Shepard responded. Subsequently, although Shepard lived a full and eventful life, he became obscured by the mists of time.

Michael R. Bradley, PhD

It really takes you back into that time. It has the feel of a movie instead of a history book because it's more than just facts, dates, and times. I think it's wonderful.

Scott Thun

There is a monument at Gettysburg that bears his name; another has his written words. His Official Report (OR) authenticates that Confederates other than Virginians and Carolinians crossed over the stone wall, and it also establishes that Heth’s Division was lined up with – not in support of – Pickett’s Division in that famous Charge.

Colonel Shepard went up Cemetery Ridge in charge of the Seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment; he came down the hill in charge of Archer’s Light Brigade. He crossed over the famed stone wall. For a short time he was in charge of General Henry Heth’s Division.

He may have been the first to hear General Robert E. Lee say, “It is all my fault.” He was in twenty battles during the Civil War. But this book is about more than his Civil War exploits.

After the war, he was elected to the 1870 Tennesssee Constitutional Convention and subsequently elected to the House of Representatives. He was a lawyer, school superintendent, farmer, and Baptist minister.

This loving, charming, touching story could only have been written by his talented daughter, Alice Hughes Shepard Carver. Her story went unpublished for almost a century. Author Reta Moser has now authenticated it with additional facts, footnotes, photos, and articles.

As the Private would have done, so do I. Colonel, I salute you! And I salute Reta Moser for telling so ably the story of Lieutenant Colonel Samuel George Shepard and the men who fought with him.
Michael R. Bradley, PhD