Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey [NOOK Book]

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Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history, packed with drama, courage,...
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Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey

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Overview

Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history, packed with drama, courage, horrors and heroics, plus moments of antic comedy.

On their long, strange adventure, Junius and Albert encountered an astonishing variety of American characters—Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, Rebel con men and Union spies, a Confederate pirate-turned-playwright, a sadistic hangman nicknamed “the Anti-Christ,” a secret society called the Heroes of America, a Union guerrilla convinced that God protected him from Confederate bullets, and a mysterious teenage girl who rode to their rescue at just the right moment.

Peter Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed K Blows Top, has, in Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy, written a gripping story about the lifesaving power of friendship and a surreal voyage through the bloody battlefields, dark prisons, and cold mountains of the Civil War.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Tony Horwitz
…Carlson's book unspools like a buddy flick: Two larkish fellows embark on a trip that goes desperately wrong and often veers into farce…the exquisite plot is only one of the joys of reading this book. As a veteran journalist…Carlson captures the competitive yet collegial world of reporters in the field and their tortured relationship with distant editors. He also has an ear for quotes and an eye for detail, and shares with the Bohemian Brigade a keen sense of the ridiculous.
Publishers Weekly
Modern journalists scrambling to file before deadline have nothing on Junius Browne and Albert Richardson. While working as Civil War correspondents for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, the duo were captured during the Battle of Vicksburg and spent 20 months in Confederate prisons before escaping behind Union lines. Like the late conflict photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, who lived with close colleagues in a Brooklyn apartment dubbed “the kibbutz,” the sardonic Junius and gregarious Albert had their own clique of battle-minded journos known as the “Bohemian Brigade,” and though they were determined “to extract as much fun as possible from the grim business of war,” the pair’s luck ran out while trying to avoid the danger of blazing cannon by floating atop hay bales down the Mississippi. Former Washington Post reporter Carlson (K Blows Top) relates their ensuing odyssey in lively detail, from stints in multiple prisons, to an encounter with a certified pirate, a secret society called the “Heroes of America,” and an escape and flight over snowy mountains. Civil War buffs and historians of journalism will revel in this thrilling tale of two raucous, self-described “knights of the quill.” 2 photos & 2 maps. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (May 28)
BookPage

“Plenty of nonfiction narratives claim to read like novels; this one actually does.”
Boston Globe

Jen's Book Thoughts

“Possesses the juiciness of a beach read. . . . Carlson works with wonderful efficiency, describing the political and social environment both men faced but never losing sight of the story and its momentum.”
BookPage

The Washington Post

“A rollicking story of imprisonment and escape. . . . Carlson has taken full advantage of abundant material to deliver a vivid chronicle of two working Civil War reporters and their spectacular odyssey.”
Kirkus Review

The Boston Globe

“I found the factoids that pepper the story to be as fascinating as the overall story of Junius and Albert. . . . Campbell never minimizes these little gems in his narration. They may only be a sentence or a phrase of mention, but Campbell’s awareness of them helps to leave a lasting impression on the listener.”
Jen’s Book Thoughts

American History

“Unspools like a buddy flick. . . . Carlson’s story has so many twists, right up to the last page.”
Washington Post

From the Publisher

“Carlson works with wonderful efficiency, describing the political and social environment. . . . Compact and vivid as readers are escorted to the hell both men endured.”
BookPage

“Narrator Danny Campbell’s affability and expressiveness engage the listener in the story, which he moves through with perfect pacing.”
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Kirkus Reviews
A rollicking story of imprisonment and escape during the Civil War seems a stretch, but journalist Carlson accomplished a similar feat with a Soviet premier in K Blows Top: A Cold War Comic Interlude Starring Nikita Khrushchev, America's Most Unlikely Tourist (2009), and this is another entertaining, occasionally gruesome account. The author describes how New York Tribune reporters Junius Brown and Albert Richardson covered the war for two years until Confederate artillery sunk their boat as they tried to sail past Vicksburg, Miss., to join Gen. Grant's forces in May 1863. Confederate troops rescued the survivors. As civilians, they were paroled in Vicksburg until Confederate officials, knowing the two worked for the abolitionist newspaper, reconsidered. Protesting loudly, they traveled with other POWs by train across the South to Richmond to spend nine months in the notorious Libby and Castle Thunder prisons, furiously pulling strings for their release, sharing the soldiers' experiences but shielded from serious privation by an apparently steady source of money. In February 1864, they were sent to the far worse Salisbury camp in North Carolina, where they watched with horror as Union prisoners, with no shelter and little food, died by the thousands. Finally escaping in December, they walked more than 300 miles, hungry and freezing, through snowy mountains to Northern lines in Tennessee, aided by a surprisingly large number of Union sympathizers, black and white. Being journalists, they had plenty to say about their exploits. Carlson has taken full advantage of abundant material to deliver a vivid chronicle of two working Civil War reporters and their spectacular odyssey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610391559
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 139,573
  • File size: 961 KB

Meet the Author

PETER CARLSON is the author of K Blows Top, which was optioned into a feature film released in 2013 by HBO. For many years, he was a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post. He has also written for Smithsonian magazine, History Today, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

DANNY CAMPBELL has recorded scores of audiobooks. He has won Earphones awards for both fiction and non fiction titles. He is a founding company member of The Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles, where he has appeared as Bottom in A Midsummer Night¹s Dream, Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV (Part 1 and Part 2), Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Banquo and the Porter in MacBeth, and in other plays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    For anyone we wants to know more about the Civil War

    It helps make things about real people; about the reporters trips and then about the stories they heard while in a Confederate Prison (gives them insight on battles they didn't experience)and finally the escape

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Very, Very Interesting Do not buy this book if you are looki

    Very, Very Interesting




    Do not buy this book if you are looking for suspense, but it is such an excellently written slice of history that even if you aren’t a history buff, you will enjoy this book. The true story of these two reporters reveals a side of the confederacy that most of us Southerners, or any Americans for that matter, don’t wish to acknowledge. I frequently wonder what the Germans think about their actions during WWII, but the way that the prisoners were treated in the Confederacy was shockingly bad. It makes you realize that we are not too many years removed from actions occurring around the world today.




    I recommend this to anyone interested in stretching his mind about American history. I would also like to point out that this would make an excellent addition to a history classroom. It is not difficult to read, although my Kindle dictionary helped with some of the older terms, but it would allow students to glimpse a view of life during the American Civil War that they might not otherwise garner.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    compelling account

    This true story is based on diaries and letters to tell the story of two reporters for the New York Tribune during the American Civil War. They followed the union armies to report on the progress of the war, but were put in prison by the Confederates. Their ordeal in prison and eventual escape and flight through hundreds of miles of mountains and wilderness to get back to the Union lines is fascinating reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Great Book!

    Could not put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    It could be placed on the shelf with fiction, though it is un-e

    It could be placed on the shelf with fiction, though it is un-embellished history. The story is exciting, harrowing,and wryly comical at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    It sounds interesting. I am now ready to buy. I have not yet r

    It sounds interesting. I am now ready to buy. I have not yet read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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