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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    What makes Eggleston's book a delight to read is both his sharp

    What makes Eggleston's book a delight to read is both his sharp wit and his stated objective: to extend a hand of reconciliation to his former Union foes. I don't think, as does a previous reviewer, that Eggleston is trying to paint a rosy picture. He merely had a specific goal in mind and a specific writing style.

    From a privileged background, Eggleston joined early and stayed in the service to the end. He wants more than anything to ask the reader, not to agree with the Confederate cause or to approve of it, but to for a short time to "become a rebel" in order to better understand why the rebel's fought. Eggleston notes that most Southerners did not want secession or war, knowing it would likely be their ruin. Nor did they hate their Northern countrymen.

    Since George Eggleston met and worked alongside many of the Confederate luminaries, he has wonderful anecdotes to tell about the, especially J.E.B. Stuart.

    His biggest failing is his misunderstanding of the Black Americans during and after the war.

    This ebook version (published by Civil War eBooks) is extremely well-edited, unlike most public domain works. I didn't find a single typo. The introduction is also a nice addition, as are the modern footnotes.

    I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Civil War memoirs and history in general.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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