Wandering to Glory: Confederate Veterans Remember Evans's Brigade, by DeWitt Boyd Stone
In Wandering to Glory DeWitt Boyd Stone blends firsthand accounts from letters, diaries, and official reports to tell the colourful story of Brigadier General Nathan George ‘Shanks’ Evans and his ‘Tramp Brigade.’
Evans's Brigade was an independent South Carolina unit which was never permanently attached to a particular army, but traveled widely, making its way from one frontline to another. Nearly ten percent of all South Carolinians who fought in the Confederate army were members of the Brigade.
The troops numbered more than 8,300 and hailed from nearly every district in South Carolina. Their letters and diaries reveal much about the state's participation in the war, from combat and camp life to death, desertion, capture, and furlough.
The accounts also illustrate the diverse social, economic, and educational backgrounds of the soldiers and officers drawn together in the brigade. From the eloquent writings of William Porcher Dubose to the tall tales of Dock Owen, a multitude of voices give life to the brigade's wartime experiences.