The End of an Era: The Story of a New Market Cadet


By Sergeant John Wise

Originally published in 1899

367 pages


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This work is largely the autobiography of an insignificant person. If it were that alone, it would have no excuse for publication, and would possess little interest for those outside the immediate home circle. It is not an autobiography alone. It introduces views of Southern life and feelings and civilization, prior to and during the war, which possess an unflagging interest for the American people; and it tells the true story of several striking events that preceded our civil strife, and many episodes of the great war. Besides these, it gives accurate descriptions not heretofore published fo the appearance and actions and sayings of many distinguished participants on the Confederate side.

About the Author: John Sergeant Wise was the son of Henry Alexander Wise, a Governor of Virginia, and Sarah Sergeant. He was born in Rio de Janeiro December 27, 1846, where his father was U.S. Minister to Brazil. As a youth, he attended Virginia Military Institute. As a VMI cadet, he participated in the famous Battle of New Market. Following that battle, he was commissioned in the Confederate States Army, where he served until the end of the war. He then studied law at the University of Virginia, and practiced in Richmond for a number of years. he also served in the 48th United States Congress, from 1883 to 1885. Later, he practiced law in New York City. He was married to the former Eva Douglas. He died May 12, 1913.

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Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 6 × .75 × 9 in