In 1858, Jim Cobb is a young cadet entering Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He's an earnest young man who has a natural ability with horses. Three years later Cobb grows up quickly. Reluctant to take sides in the impending war, he does not comprehend the staggering number of lives that will be lost during the coming conflict and that he will kill ten men.
When North Carolina secedes, he joins the militia in his hometown. With a quick grasp of tactics and solid work ethic, Jim rises from company second lieutenant to third corps chief of staff and serves for two of the South's finest generals-Dorsey Pender and A. P. Hill. He commands the newly formed 78th North Carolina regiment at Petersburg, is captured, and is sent to Union prison.
The misery of the tragic war is recounted through the eyes of Jim Cobb, Missy Morgan who loves him, and Sam Payne, a New York Tribune reporter Jim meets at John Brown's hanging. A work of historical fiction, Memoirs of a Texan: War follows Jim from his early days as a cadet, his war experiences, and the promise of a new beginning in Texas.