Rebel Private, Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier /  -     By: William Fletcher, Richard Wheeler, Vallie Fletcher Taylor
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Rebel Private, Front and Rear: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier /

Plume / 1997 / Paperback

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A memoir of an ordinary Confederate foot soldier captured-and escaped from-the Union Army, Private William A. Fletcher saw action at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and other battles. A collection of frank, detailed memories, Fletcher recounts the horrors of war, how he threatened women to give him food, and his difficulties in finding Rebel sympathizers during his escape. 223 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Plume
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8.01 X 5.31 X 0.61 (inches)
ISBN: 0452011574
ISBN-13: 9780452011571
UPC: 091857015002
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Publisher's Description

The recent rediscovery of Rebel Private: Front and Rear, effectively lost for decades, marks an authentic publishing event in the literature of the Civil War. A rare insight into the conflict from the point of view of a Confederate army enlisted man, this compelling memoir has been hailed by historians as a classic and indispensible key to understanding the Southern perspective. Margaret Mitchell even described it as her single most valuable source of research for Gone With the Wind.

This stunning document is the work of a common foot soldier blessed with extraordinary perception and articulateness. After joining the famed Texas Brigade under Stonewall Jackson. Private William A. Fletcher saw action at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Channcellorsville, and Chickamauga. He was wounded several times and escaped from a moving Union prison train before the South's surrender. In 1907, he published this powerfully evocative account of his exploits, a volume of frank, detailed recollections that spares none of the horror, courage, or absurdity of war. But a fire destroyed all but a few copies before they could be distributed. One copy, however, did make its way to the Library of Congress, where it was eventually discovered. Today, this colorful work has become the voice of the Civil War front-line grunt, speaking to the modern reader with the intensity of personal experience and a vividness of detail that gives it a riveting you-are-there quality.

Author Bio

Richard Wheeler, an ex-marine, is the author of sixteen other books of military history, eleven of which deal with different Civil War campaigns and battles, including Voices of the Civil War, winner of the New York City Civil War Round Table's Fletcher Pratt Award. Wheeler is also the author of Voices of 1776: The Story of the American Revolution in the Words of Those Who Were There (Meridian). He lives in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania.

Editorial Reviews

"A neat tale of suspense … an admirable piece of Americana."
Atlantic Monthly

"Gives the best account I know of.… This Confederate Soldier shows his devotion to the truth by limiting his narrative to what he saw with his own eyes."
—Shelby Foote

"He was the G.I. Joe of the confederate amy.… He wrote so honestly, casually, and dramatically that no one who pretends to understand the Irresponsible Conflict can neglect reading this book."
Houston Post

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