A Rebel's Recollections

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"The author deserves the thanks of all true Americans . . . His sketches are models of characterization."
-Philadelphia Bulletin, circa 1900

Through candid diary entries, George Cary Eggleston documents his experiences as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. Rather than detailing specific military conflicts, Eggleston gives firsthand accounts of daily life on and off the battlefield. Those accounts provide portraits of such prominent Civil War figures as Robert E. Lee and Jeb Stuart while offering a ...

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Overview

"The author deserves the thanks of all true Americans . . . His sketches are models of characterization."
-Philadelphia Bulletin, circa 1900

Through candid diary entries, George Cary Eggleston documents his experiences as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. Rather than detailing specific military conflicts, Eggleston gives firsthand accounts of daily life on and off the battlefield. Those accounts provide portraits of such prominent Civil War figures as Robert E. Lee and Jeb Stuart while offering a less-than-favorable profile of Jefferson Davis. The author scrutinizes the Confederacy's financial woes, using personal and sometimes humorous anecdotes as examples. He also recalls his days before the war, when the Old Regime was a way of life in Virginia.

Respected writer and Civil War veteran George Cary Eggleston (1839-1911) was born in Indiana but moved to Virginia after inheriting the family plantation. He briefly studied law at Richmond College before enlisting in the Confederate army. During his service, he recorded his experiences in a diary that would later meet critical acclaim. Eggleston, who eventually moved to New York, was known for his contributions to such newspapers as the New York World, where he worked under Joseph Pulitzer, and the New York Evening Post. Eggleston is also the author of Red Eagle, a Firebird Press book.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781429016148
  • Publisher: Applewood Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: Civil War Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Renowned writer and Confederate Civil War veteran, George Cary Eggleston (1839-1911) was born in Indiana but eventually moved to Virginia, where he inherited the family plantation. He briefly studied law at Richmond College before entering the Confederate army. After the war, he pursued a writing career. He contributed to such publications as the New York Evening Post and New York World, where he worked under Joseph Pulitzer. Eggleston is also the author of Red Eagle, a Firebird Press book.

A six-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, Randy Bishop teaches history at Middleton High School and serves as an adjunct for Jackson State Community College. Bishop is a member of Civil War Preservation Trust, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association and the author of Pelican's Tennessee's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation. He lives in Middleton, Tennessee.

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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.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Skipping down fantasy lane

    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.

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