Regiment Broke Soldier of Stealing During the Civil War

Confession causes enough embarrassment to stop soldier from stealing from members of his regiment.

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Among the Civil War stories Grandpa would tell was one about a certain young man in his regiment who was always stealing any little thing he could from the other boys. So one time when he stole a shirt, the officers thought they would break him of it by making him go around to every tent in the camp, putting his head inside and saying, "I stole a shirt." It worked – the embarrassment of the confession broke him of stealing for good.

Mrs. M.O. Paxton
Lenexa, Kansas


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.