Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history, packed with drama, courage, horrors and heroics, plus moments of antic comedy.
On their long, strange adventure, Junius and Albert encountered an astonishing variety of American charactersAbraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, Rebel con men and Union spies, a Confederate pirate-turned-playwright, a sadistic hangman nicknamed “the Anti-Christ,” a secret society called the Heroes of America, a Union guerrilla convinced that God protected him from Confederate bullets, and a mysterious teenage girl who rode to their rescue at just the right moment.
Peter Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed K Blows Top, has, in Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy, written a gripping story about the lifesaving power of friendship and a surreal voyage through the bloody battlefields, dark prisons, and cold mountains of the Civil War.
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About the Author
Peter Carlson is the author of K Blows Top, which has been optioned into a feature film. For many years, he was a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post. He has also written for Smithsonian magazine, American History, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Rockville, MD.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Battlefields
1 A Magnificent Man-Trap 3
2 Very Perilous Business 11
3 No One Here Seems to Have Any Knowledge About Anything 25
4 Slouching Towards Vicksburg 39
Part 2 Cages
5 Impudent Scamps 55
6 Fresh Fish! Fresh Fish! 65
7 The General's Dance 75
8 Raise Your Left Foot and Swear 87
9 What Have I Done, Mr. Anti-Christ? 95
10 Captivity Dries Up the Heart 107
11 The Heavy Blow 115
12 Heroes of America 123
13 The Dead Cart 131
14 Insurrection 141
15 Sweet Goddess of Liberty 151
Part 3 Flight
16 God Bless the Negroes 159
17 War in the Mountains 167
18 Christmas 177
19 No One Ever Reaches There 185
20 Anything for Freedom 191
21 Chasing the Old Red Fox 201
22 Melvina 211
23 Life, Light, and Liberty 219
24 The One Who Wasn't There 229
25 The Stuff of Heroes 237
Notes on Sources 257
What People are Saying About This
James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom“This absorbing story of two Northern war reporters who were captured by the Confederates at Vicksburg, imprisoned for nineteen months, and escaped two hundred miles to Union lines demonstrates that for the Civil War, truth is indeed more thrilling than fiction. The accounts of the essential help the escapees received from slaves and Southern white Unionists provides key insights on Southern society.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It helps make things about real people; about the reporters trips and then about the stories they heard while in a Confederate Prison (gives them insight on battles they didn't experience)and finally the escape
Very, Very Interesting Do not buy this book if you are looking for suspense, but it is such an excellently written slice of history that even if you aren’t a history buff, you will enjoy this book. The true story of these two reporters reveals a side of the confederacy that most of us Southerners, or any Americans for that matter, don’t wish to acknowledge. I frequently wonder what the Germans think about their actions during WWII, but the way that the prisoners were treated in the Confederacy was shockingly bad. It makes you realize that we are not too many years removed from actions occurring around the world today. I recommend this to anyone interested in stretching his mind about American history. I would also like to point out that this would make an excellent addition to a history classroom. It is not difficult to read, although my Kindle dictionary helped with some of the older terms, but it would allow students to glimpse a view of life during the American Civil War that they might not otherwise garner.
This true story is based on diaries and letters to tell the story of two reporters for the New York Tribune during the American Civil War. They followed the union armies to report on the progress of the war, but were put in prison by the Confederates. Their ordeal in prison and eventual escape and flight through hundreds of miles of mountains and wilderness to get back to the Union lines is fascinating reading.
Could not put it down!
It could be placed on the shelf with fiction, though it is un-embellished history. The story is exciting, harrowing,and wryly comical at times.
It sounds interesting. I am now ready to buy. I have not yet read it.