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Rebel Private: Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier

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The recent rediscovery of Rebel Private: Front and Rear, effectively lost for decades, marks an authentic publishing event in the literature of the Civil War. A rare insight into the conflict from the point of view of a Confederate army enlisted man, this compelling memoir has been hailed by historians as a classic and indispensible key to understanding the Southern perspective. Margaret Mitchell even described it as her single most valuable source of research for Gone With the Wind.

This stunning document is the work of a common foot soldier blessed with extraordinary perception and articulateness. After joining the famed Texas Brigade under Stonewall Jackson. Private William A. Fletcher saw action at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Channcellorsville, and Chickamauga. He was wounded several times and escaped from a moving Union prison train before the South's surrender. In 1907, he published this powerfully evocative account of his exploits, a volume of frank, detailed recollections that spares none of the horror, courage, or absurdity of war. But a fire destroyed all but a few copies before they could be distributed. One copy, however, did make its way to the Library of Congress, where it was eventually discovered. Today, this colorful work has become the voice of the Civil War front-line grunt, speaking to the modern reader with the intensity of personal experience and a vividness of detail that gives it a riveting you-are-there quality.

Synopsis:

Private William A. Fletcher fought with the famed Texas Brigade at Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Chickamauga. In 1907, he published this fascinating account of his exploits, but a fire destroyed all but a few copies before they could be distributed. One copy, however, did make its way to the Library of Congress. Now this rare glimpse of the war from a grunt's perspective is available to the general reader.

About the Author

Richard Wheeler, an ex-marine, is the author of sixteen other books of military history, eleven of which deal with different Civil War campaigns and battles, including Voices of the Civil War, winner of the New York City Civil War Round Table's Fletcher Pratt Award. Wheeler is also the author of Voices of 1776: The Story of the American Revolution in the Words of Those Who Were There (Meridian). He lives in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION by Richard Wheeler

EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS FROM THE EARLY FIFTIES AND THROUGH THE CIVIL WAR

GENERAL JACKSON'S FLANKING GENERAL McCLELLAN AND SEVEN DAYS' BATTLE BEFORE RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

BATTLE OF SECOND MANASSAS

BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA

BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA

CAPTURE AND ESCAPE

SURRENDER AND RETURN HOME

AFTERWORD by Vallie Fletcher Taylor

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452011571
Introduction:
Wheeler, Richard
Author:
Fletcher, W. A.
Author:
Taylor, Vallie Fletcher
Author:
Wheeler, Richard S.
Author:
Fletcher, William A.
Afterword by:
Taylor, Vallie Fletcher
Afterword:
Taylor, Vallie Fletcher
Author:
Wheeler, Richard
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Confederate States of America Biography.
Subject:
Fletcher, W. A
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
Bd. 3
Publication Date:
19970331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.01x5.31x.61 in. .40 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Private William A. Fletcher fought with the famed Texas Brigade at Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Second Manassas, and Chickamauga. In 1907, he published this fascinating account of his exploits, but a fire destroyed all but a few copies before they could be distributed. One copy, however, did make its way to the Library of Congress. Now this rare glimpse of the war from a grunt's perspective is available to the general reader.
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