Colonel S.G.Shepard
Gettysburg Battle Field

BY Dr. Michael R. Bradley
PhD, author, professor of history, Commander of Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

A century and a half after the beginning of the War Between the States, happy accidents still lead to the discovery of material dealing with the people and the events of that era. Such a discovery led Reta Moser to the story of Lieutenant Colonel Samuel George Shepard of Wilson County, Tennessee … 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. An odd feeling fills me as I write these words for I am writing about a man my great-grandfather [Private Andrew Jackson Bradley, First Tennessee Infantry Regiment] knew, although he would have known Sam Shepard at a distance …

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.

BY Owen Cramer
Colonel S. G. Shepard's great-grandson, M. C. Gile Professor of Classics; Acting Co-Chair, Spanish, Colorado College

Bravo! I have read through the book now and discussed it with my cousins Carol and Alice, my brother Browning, and also my son Ethan who maintains a family tree page on the Web.

You've produced a remarkably readable and interesting account of our ancestor. It's clear that a good deal of the voicing of the book came from Alice Shepard Carver, whom Carol, Alice, Browning, and I remember with great affection. I'm so glad that we kept hold of her manuscript and could share it with you.

But the amount of research you did, including the visits to Middle Tennessee, is impressive and gives the book reality and value. You should be proud of these results, and I hope that the book generates interest among people who aren't descended from the Colonel!

All in all, it's a thought-provoking book and a welcome addition to our history, and I thank you for it.

BY Scott Thun

I want you to know that I think your book, Colonel S. G. Shepard, CSA, is wonderful. 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.

I'm so happy that you sent a copy to me, and I'm so happy for you that you've seen this through. It's quite an accomplishment, just in the doing, but to have it come out so brilliantly... the book has texture.

Anyway, you should be proud. I am so very happy for you.

BY Charles A. Sherrill
State Librarian and Archivist.

Dear Ms. Moser,

We are gratefull for your generosity and help in preserving Tennessee history for research and study long into the future.

BY Kathie Troutman

My friend wrote a book Of course,
I had to take a look,
But didn’t mean to stare,
To be stopped in my tracks,
Riveted there.
All I meant
Was to open it,
But couldn’t put it down,
I laughed, I cried.
I stayed inside––
It’s life and mine were one.

BY Ann Rives Zappa
Reviewed in Confederate Veteran

Author Reta Moser came across the name of Samuel George Shepard of Wilson County, Tennessee, in records of the Confederacy and references to post-War politics in the State of Tennessee. Her curiosity became a journey to restore this little-known Confederate officer and Southern gentleman into a living, breathing man.

Author Moser discovered his granddaughter, Alice Carver Cramer, in an assisted living facility in New Hersey. Although Alice was only five when Colonel Shepard died, she had vivid memories of him and described how he looked. In addition to much oral information she provided author Moser, she also placed a manuscript written by Colonel Shepard’s daughter, Alice Hughes Shepard Carver, her own mother, into Reta Moser’s hands.

Historical facts established about Colonel Shepard are the following:

He was elected captain of Company G – the Hurricane Rifles – of the Seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment in 1861 and began signing as commander in April of 1861

The newly promoted lieutenant colonel led the Seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment up Cemetery Ridge and over the stone wall fence at Gettysburg.

On April 9, 1865, he surrendered as the final commander of the remainder of the Seventh Tennessee Infantry Regiment, 47 men.

Colonel Shepard was in some twenty battles, as listed in his pension application, ten of the costliest battles of the War Between the States.

After the War, Shepard returned to Gladeville, Tennessee, and married Martha Jane Major. They were parents of six children.

He served on the 1870 Constitutional Convention of Tennessee and was elected to serve the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1871 to 1873.

Author Moser has researched this material meticulously and has provided historical footnotes to many of the recollections in Alice Hughes Shepard Carver’s manuscript. The author has kept the format of the original memoirs and presents Mrs. Carver’s collections as a historical novel. She refers to the manuscript as “a treasure” from a loving daughter who understood that her father was special.

Colonel S.G. Shepard, CSA will give Southern history readers a “firsthand” look at this Confederate office, the men serving with him on the battlefields, and his accomplishments in Tennessee after the War.