Edward A. Moore-The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson-E Period

Edward Alexander Moore was born on october 21, 1842, in Lexington Virginia in a little town called Rockbridge county. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and Washington College. This college is now refered as Washington and Lee University. At the age of 18 was when the civil war was officially declared. Students all were enthusiastic about joining the military. Moore drilled under his cadet at a nearby institute. One of his proffesors was known as Thomes E. Jackson (Stonewall Jackson). Although his three brothers were already in the military, Moore's father forbode him to enlist. In 1862 Moore enlisted under the Rockbridge Artillery Company, attached to the Stonewall brigade. It was then when Moore began his tragic and epic story of a cannoneer under the order of Stonewall Jackson.
"On December 13, 1862,the great first battle of fredericksburg had been fought, in which four men- Montgomery, McCalpin, Fuller, and Beard- in my detachment had been killed, and others wounded, while the second piece, standing close by, did not lose a man"(161).
Edward Moore's story in this war was indeed a tragic one. He lost so many close friends, heroic honorable leaders, and young men under his command. He felt as though it was all just horrible luck. He loses four men, and no one else looses a soul. He recounts all the moments of his journey, and all of them are dark, sad, and scary ones. It seems as though he regrets ever entering the war, but yet he came away with such a story and experience that it made the travail seem worth the depressing moments.
"Since my failure to leave with the college company it had been my intention to join it the first opportunity;but, hearing that it would be disbanded in the spring, I enlisted in the rockbridge artillery attached to the stonewall brigade"(26).
In this quote it seems though Edward is an immature young boy enthusiastically trying to enter in to this simulated hell. He wants to jump at the first opportunity to kill his own country men. Blind to the horrid tragedy that will over a time befall him. Throughout his more and more experience, he matures and grows into a man; he grows into a leader.
"As soon as it became known that general lee had surrendered, although for days it had been perfectly understood the result was inevitable, there was for a time no little excitement and commotion among the men"(288).
Although everyone in the war had seen some sort of horrid scene, experienced some sort of shocking moment, or even committed some sort of unspeakable act, they realized the war was coming to an end and they were distaught. Moore realized that they had done all of this for a reason, and now it was all for nothing. Their sacrifice of heart was for nothing.The tragic endeveour completed for nothing.
"I notice the ommision of one requisite, the absence of which in my outfit lost to the cause a genius in council and a mighty leader in battle.
What was that, General? Sire, it goes by the name of cour-ridge"(248).
The war started off as a courageous battle for control. Everyone wanted to join the cause. As the war progressed, everyone wanted out. They regretted the day they enlisted. The quote refers to the lack of a requisite. A requisite called courage. Everyone began to give up, and be distraught by this war. The war slipped from their hands as the soldiers realized what they had done.
"it has been many years since, but how vividly some scenes are recalled, others vague and the order of succesion forgotten"(102).
The whole war turned to a blur in his mind. One word comes to mind as he reminisces upon the massacre: Why? They began this war with clear reasons, but as they matured throughout the their time in service, they began to wonder why. Why was this slaughter brought about? They had killed their friends, relatives, neighbors. Every scene so vividly remembered, yet none were good memories.
"Afetr resting and flattening my bay, i sold him for a good price, and was thus enabled to return to washington college and serve again under general lee"(291).
The war was over, and Moore had to go right back to his regular life...he sold his horse, went back to teaching, and went on as if nothing had happend almost. The only thing Moore had gained from his experience is a lifetime of tragic stories, and a whole in his leg.

What i have learned throughout this strenuous project that everyone in the civil war had different opinions, but it seemed as though everyone lost that war. I learned about the day in the life of soldier in the civil war. I learned what they had gone through, and how the war effected them. I learned about many historical figures throughout the war. But most of all I learned how to do a wiki page. I learned how to find important quotations in an assignment and explain them. This project was a big help.
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1.Moore, Edward A. The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson. New York: Neale, 1907.