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Bloody Engagements: John R. Kelso's Civil War

John R. Kelso and Christopher Grasso


This book presents an edited edition of a Union soldier's remarkable memoir, offering a rare perspective on guerrilla warfare and on the larger meanings of the American Civil War. While tales of Confederate guerilla-outlaws abound, there are few scholarly accounts of the Union men who battled them. This Civil War memoir presents a first-hand account of an ordinary man's extraordinary battlefield experiences along with his evolving interpretation of what the bloody struggle meant. A former Methodist preacher and Missouri schoolteacher, John Russell Kelso served as a Union Army foot soldier, cav ... More

Keywords: foot soldier, Union soldier, memoir, guerrilla warfare, Civil War, Union Army, cavalry officer, guerilla fighter, spy, John Russell Kelso

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300210965
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300210965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Kelso, author

Christopher Grasso, editor
College of William and Mary