Moss Bluff Rebel: A Texas Pioneer in the Civil War

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Overview

So wrote Texas pioneer cattle drover William Berry Duncan in his March 1862 diary entry, the day he joined the Confederate Army. Despite his misgivings, Duncan left his prosperous business to lead neighbors and fellow volunteers as commanding officer of cavalry Company F of Spaight’s Eleventh Battalion that later became the 21st Texas Infantry in America’s Civil War.

Philip Caudill’s rich account, drawn from Duncan’s previously untapped diaries and letters written by candlelight on the Gulf Coast cattle trail to New Orleans, in Confederate Army camps, and on his southeast Texas farm after the war, reveals the personable Duncan as a man of steadfast integrity and extraordinary leadership. After the war, he returned to his home in Liberty County and battled for survival on the chaotic Reconstruction-era Texas frontier.

Supplemented by archival records and complementary accounts, Moss Bluff Rebel paints a picture of everyday life for the Anglo-Texans who settled the Mexican land grants in the early nineteenth century and subsequently became citizens of the proudly independent Texas Republic. The carefully crafted narrative goes on to reveal the wartime emotions of a reluctant Confederate officer and his postwar struggles to reinvent the lifestyle he knew before the war, a way of life he sensed was lost forever.

Moss Bluff Rebel will appeal to history lovers of all ages attracted to the drama of the Civil War period and the men and women who shaped the Texas frontier.

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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Chester

"Phil Caudill''s skillful interweaving of biography and history has resulted in a fascinating portrait of a Texas cattleman, entrepreneur, Confederate officer, and poker player extraordinaire." -- Deborah Chester, John Crain Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Austin Civil War Round Table

". . . Philip Caudill, has. . . presented a well-written and fascinating picture of life in southeast Texas from the perspective of a cavalry company commander. . . Caudill makes you feel like you know Duncan as well as a colleague." — David White, President, Austin Civil War Round Table

— David White, President

Galveston County Daily News

". . . (William) Duncan was the type of everyman who keeps society moving and improving. Moss Bluff Rebel depicts an ordinary man in extraordinary times. The book is valuable because of that. . . Caudill lets readers view the life of the average Texan of the Civil War. . . and experience everyday wartime Texas, and view ordinary people picking up the pieces of their lives afterward." — Mark Lardas, Galveston County Daily News

— Mark Lardas

Blue & Gray Magazine

"Moss Bluff Rebel is an excellent social history with a particular audience in mind. The reader comes away with a genuine understanding of what it was like to survive on the frontier through floods and hard economic times. This work is an extremely detailed biography of a Confederate soldier and the society in which he lived. The genealogist and anyone interest in the economics of the Southwest will probably find this book very worthwhile. I came away from it with a better understanding of the frontier experience."--John Michael Priest, Blue and Gray Magazine

— John Michael Priest

Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, Lamar University - Ralph A. Wooster
"In Moss Bluff Rebel, Philip Caudill skillfully traces the life and times of William Berry Duncan, Liberty county clerk, sheriff, cattleman, entrepreneur and Confederate soldier. Fully utilizing primary sources, especially Duncan's diaries, and secondary accounts, Caudill describes Duncan's experiences as a captain in Spaight's battalion in Civil War action in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The author is a diligent researcher, forceful writer - and coincidentally, an entertaining public speaker - and readers will enjoy this spirited narrative about a reluctant Rebel in the Civil War and Reconstruction." — Ralph A. Wooster, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, Lamar University
Austin Civil War Round Table - David White
". . . Philip Caudill, has. . . presented a well-written and fascinating picture of life in southeast Texas from the perspective of a cavalry company commander. . . Caudill makes you feel like you know Duncan as well as a colleague." — David White, President, Austin Civil War Round Table
Galveston County Daily News - Mark Lardas
". . . (William) Duncan was the type of everyman who keeps society moving and improving. Moss Bluff Rebel depicts an ordinary man in extraordinary times. The book is valuable because of that. . . Caudill lets readers view the life of the average Texan of the Civil War. . . and experience everyday wartime Texas, and view ordinary people picking up the pieces of their lives afterward." — Mark Lardas, Galveston County Daily News
The Facts, Brazoria County - Marie Beth Jones
". . . Details of what was happening in Texas during and after the Civil War make this book much more valuable than most biographies. . . Caudill has presented well-documented fact that reads as easily as a historical or biographical novel." — Marie Beth Jones, The Facts, Brazoria County
Blue & Gray Magazine - John Michael Priest
"Moss Bluff Rebel is an excellent social history with a particular audience in mind. The reader comes away with a genuine understanding of what it was like to survive on the frontier through floods and hard economic times. This work is an extremely detailed biography of a Confederate soldier and the society in which he lived. The genealogist and anyone interest in the economics of the Southwest will probably find this book very worthwhile. I came away from it with a better understanding of the frontier experience."—John Michael Priest, Blue and Gray Magazine
Doctor - Gregg Cantrell
"In this well-crafted biography, Phil Caudill paints a vivid portrait of William Berry Duncan's fascinating life. Moreover, he gives us one of the best glimpses yet of life on the Civil War home front in Texas." — Dr. Gregg Cantrell, Lowe Chair in Texas History, Texas Christian University
Galveston County Daily News

". . . (William) Duncan was the type of everyman who keeps society moving and improving. Moss Bluff Rebel depicts an ordinary man in extraordinary times. The book is valuable because of that. . . Caudill lets readers view the life of the average Texan of the Civil War. . . and experience everyday wartime Texas, and view ordinary people picking up the pieces of their lives afterward."
— Mark Lardas

Austin Civil War Round Table

". . . Philip Caudill, has. . . presented a well-written and fascinating picture of life in southeast Texas from the perspective of a cavalry company commander. . . Caudill makes you feel like you know Duncan as well as a colleague."
— David White, President

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Meet the Author

PHILIP CAUDILL is an adjunct professor of Texas history at Lone Star College – Montgomery in The Woodlands, Texas.  He holds a Master of Arts in History from Sam Houston State University as well as Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, which has named him a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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  • Posted June 27, 2009

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    Moss Bluff Rebel by Philip Caudill

    After I finished reading the Moss Bluff Rebel I drove over to Moss Bluff and around the Liberty and Dayton area. This was possible because I only live about 30 miles away.

    The area is now changed, although many of the places are still there. The railroad and of course the Trinity River.

    The book describes the weather and hardships of living off a blanket or in a saddle in this area. The extremes of heat and cold, wet and dry and flooding are standard for this area. In fact it is 101 outside in the shade as I write this and the book notes the travails of riding horseback or even in a wagon in these extremes of weather.

    The day to day details taken from William Berry Duncan's diary are enlightening. I doubt many of today's folks could endure his hardships. Missing are Duncan's thoughts on the right or wrong of the Civil War, although his thoughts about actual combat are touched upon.

    I was able to find Duncan's grave as described by Caudill.
    The most interesting insight to Duncan was his trepidation regarding his future when Federal troops came to administer Texas after the Surrender of Lee.

    Being an aficionado of both the Civil War and 19th Century western day to day experiences this book satisfied me greatly.

    I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the real life adventures of a normal working man in mid 19th century east Texas, and insight to a Rebel cavalry/infantry officer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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