Originally published in 1875, George Cary Eggleston's memoir, which proved immensely popular across the country, is a nostalgic, often amusing collection of essays based on the author's Civil War experiences. Eggleston describes life in Virginia before the war, offers glowing assessments of the men who filled the Rebel ranks and the women who stood behind them, satirizes the Confederacy's finances and its army's red tape, and recollects the war's end. He also provides compelling portraits of his heroes, lavishing praise on Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and especially Jeb Stuart.
Renowned writer and Confederate Civil War veteran, George Cary Eggleston (1839-1911) was born in Indiana but eventually moved to Virginia, where he inherited the family plantation. He briefly studied law at Richmond College before entering the Confederate army. After the war, he pursued a writing career. He contributed to such publications as the New York Evening Post and New York World, where he worked under Joseph Pulitzer. Eggleston is also the author of Red Eagle, a Firebird Press book. Randy Bishop is a history teacher at Middleton High School in Tennessee and has been the recipient of a variety of honors, including multiple Teacher of the Year awards and recognition in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. An advocate for preservation of sites related to the American Civil War, he has published numerous articles and books on the subject, including Mississippi's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation, Tennessee's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation, The Tennessee Brigade, and Kentucky's Civil War Battlefields: A Guide to Their History and Preservation, which was chosen as an alternate selection of the History Book Club (R). He holds a BS from Union University and a MEd from the University of Memphis. A member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Bishop is also involved with the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, and the Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association. He live