By William A. Fletcher. An account of a Confederate soldier’s service in all the major theaters of the Civil War is one of the most compelling books written about a soldier’s life in the War Between the States. Fletcher’s recollections of life as a Confederate soldier are vivid, and his ability to command the imagination and give the reader a real you-are-there experience is impressive.
Rebel Private sheds a light on the everyday concerns of a Confederate soldier, from the plight of the wounded to taking food from women and children in Union territory and scavenging from the dying to the very repugnant act of taking a human life itself.
Rebel Private also contains exciting stories about being captured and then escaping from a moving prison train. After the war, Fletcher heard a North Carolina soldier ask his Texas cavalry unit if they had any bacon. When one answered yes, the man said “Grease up and slide back into the Union.” After thinking about it a while, Fletcher saw the wisdom in that advice and did just that. He became a very successful lumber entrepreneur. Highly recommended for students of military or Southern history or anyone who likes true adventure.
Softcover, 128 pages