A Rebel's Recollections (Dodo Press)by George Cary Eggleston
George Cary Eggleston (1839-1911) was an American author. He was the brother of Edward Eggleston. After the American Civil War he published a serialized account of his time as a Confederate soldier in the The Atlantic Monthly. These serialized articles were later collected and expanded upon and published under the title A Rebel's Recollections in 1875. Amongst his other works are A Man of Honor (1873), Captain Sam, or, The Boy Scouts of 1814 (1876), Red Eagle and the Wars with the Creek Indians (1878), A Carolina Cavalier (1901), Dorothy South (1902), The Master of Warlock (1903) and Evelyn Byrd (1904).
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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.
Although not uncommon among personal memoirs of the War Between the States, the author, onetime member of JEB Stuart's staff because of his clerical abilities, manages to paint an even more that usual optimistic picture of the Confederacy contrary to most contemporary accounts, letters, and diaries.including: The women never waivered in their support of the soldiers or the cause. Ignoring thousands of documented letters from wives begging their husbands to desert. Virtually all males immediately joined the army, then why the need for a military draft? There was very little lack of necessities in the confederacy. Slaves were happy in their circumstances because of their benevolent owners, a not uncommon theme in many southern memoirs. Eggelston is especially vitriolic in his criticism of President Jefferson Davis which may explain why A Rebel's Recollections, was not on the list of approved books by the United Confederate Veterans not the Daughters of the Confederacy because by the time of it first publishing Davis had achieved martyrdom in the eyes of most southerners.