Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863

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This book, 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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Overview

This book, 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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  • ISBN-13: 9783847227205
  • Publisher: TREDITION CLASSICS
  • Publication date: 2/24/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.47 (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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THREE MONTHS THE SOUTHERN STATES. APEIL, MAT, JUNE, 1863. 2d March, 1863.—I left England in the royal matt steamer Atrato, and arrived at St. Thomas on tho 17th. 22Z Mwrch.—Anchored at Havana at 6.15 A. M., where I fell in with my old friend, H. M.'s frigate Immortalite. Captain Hancock not only volunteered to take me as his guest to Matamoros, but also to take a Texan merchant, whose acquaintance I had made in the Atrato. This gentleman's name is M'Carthy. He is of Irish birth—an excellent fellow, and a good companion; and when he understood my wish to see the " South," he had most good- naturedly volunteered to pilot me over part of the Texan deserts. I owe much to Captain Hancock's kindness. 23d March.—Left Havana in H. M. S. Immor- talite, at 11 A. M. Knocked off steam when outside the harbor. st April.—Anchored at 8.30 p. M., three miles from the mouth of the Rio Grande, or Kio Bravo del Norte, which is, I believe, its more correct name, in the midst of about seventy merchant vessels. 2d April.—The Texan and I left the Immortalite, in her cutter, at 10 A. M., and crossed the bar in fine style. The cutter was steered by Mr. Johnston, the master, and having a fair wind, we passed in like a flash of lightning, and landed at the miserable viIlage of Bagdad, on the Mexican bank of the Eio Grande. The bar was luckily in capital order—3 feet of water, and smooth. It is often impassable for ten or twelve days together: the depth of water varying from 2 to 5 feet. It is very dangerous, from the heavy surf and under-current; sharks also abound. Boats are frequently capsized in crossing it, and the Orlando lost a man on it about a month ago. Seventyvessels are constantly at anchor outside the bar; their cotton cargoes being brought to them, with very great de...
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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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