Three Months in the Southern States: April-June 1863

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The American Civil War was at a turning point in 1863 when Lt. Col. Arthur J. L. Fremantle of the British Coldstream Guards toured the Confederacy. Mildly predisposed toward the Union side because of his dislike of slavery, he was soon awakened to the gallantry of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and his generals, ordinary Johnny Rebs, and the women left at home. From April to early July 1863—the critical period of campaigns at Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg—Fremantle traveled from the Texas ...
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The American Civil War was at a turning point in 1863 when Lt. Col. Arthur J. L. Fremantle of the British Coldstream Guards toured the Confederacy. Mildly predisposed toward the Union side because of his dislike of slavery, he was soon awakened to the gallantry of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and his generals, ordinary Johnny Rebs, and the women left at home. From April to early July 1863—the critical period of campaigns at Vicksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg—Fremantle traveled from the Texas frontier to northern Virginia, recording in a diary his experience of the war. Three Months in the Southern States, published upon his return to England later in the year, has long been considered a classic of wartime writing, especially in its description of the Battle of Gettysburg. Filled with biographical vignettes of Lee, Davis, Stonewall Jackson, Sam Houston, and others, this book offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Confederacy at floodtide.
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Richard Harwell

"Since 1863 Three Months in the Southern States has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest of Civil War books."—Richard Harwell, in his introduction to Two Views of Gettysburg
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803268753
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,397,290
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.25 (h) x 8.00 (d)

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Gary W. Gallagher is a professor of history at Pennsylvania State University and the author of Fighting for the Confederacy: The Personal Recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander (1989) and other books.
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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Interesting observation of Civil Wat south

    Col.Fremantle appears in the movie Gettysburg as the British Observer. Surprisingly he spends most of the book traveling from Galveston Texas to Gettysburg, where he only spends a week with Lee. It is interesting travelogue of the South during the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

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    Lt Colonel Arthur Fremantle¿s account of his 3 ½ months in the Confederacy is surely one of the best first-person accounts by a foreign military observer of the War Between the States. In this brief time period Fremantle travel through all but 2 of the states of the Confederacy. During his travels he meets a virtual ¿Who¿s Who¿ of the Confederacy including all of the full Generals and numerous well known lesser generals, as well as President Davis, Secretary of State Benjamin and Secretary of War Sedden and several members of the Congress. While holding to the British abhorrence of slavery, Freemantle adopts the southern myth of the benevolence of slavery and returns to England an even more committed supporter of the south than when he first arrived. Most remarkable is his writing style, Fremantle is a superb observer of men and a gifted storyteller. Three Months in the Southern States, is a must read for any student of the war and a must have for a personal Civil War library.

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