J.B. Ferguson was a Confederate quartermaster who, in September of 1862, was able to slip through the Union blockade and sail to England. He purchased shoes, bulk wool cloth, and other items that were desperately needed to clothe and equip the South's fighting men.
General Braxton Bragg ordered the comrades of deserters to stand at attention and watch while their friends were shot by firing squads.
"Combat makes bad men worse and good men better."
~ Joshua L. Chamberlain
Blazer's Scouts was the informal name given to a group of Union raiders under Captain Richard Blazer. They were assembled by Major General Crook to forage, steal enemy horses, tear up rebel rail routes and harass the Confederate cavalry in West Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.