I never thought that I should be guilty of writing a book. I did not however do this with malice aforethought. My son is responsible for whatever sin I may have committed in presenting this to the public. He and I have been good friends ever since we became acquainted and he has always insisted upon my telling him all that I know. When he was about three years old he discovered that I had been a soldier in Lee's army from 1861 to 1865 and although he is of Quaker descent and a loyal member of the Society of Friends and I am half Quaker yet he loved war stories and I loved to tell them.