Civil War. Trade Paperback. Robert Kean, a graduate of the University of Virginia and a lawyer, was thirty-three years old when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted as a private in the Confederated army and saw active combat prior to April, 1862, when he was promoted to captain and appointed head of the Bureau of War in Richmond. Because of his legal and scholarly training, Kean excelled in that position, and in the course of his work he kept a diary carefully recounting his experiences.