Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson
A Civil War Odyssey

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It's hard to believe that anything compelling about the Civil War remains unexplored, but the picaresque odyssey of these two plucky journalists turns out to be an intimate and absorbing social history...
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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 characters—Abraham 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.

 

About Peter Carlson

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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.
 
Published May 28, 2013 by PublicAffairs. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Edward Kosner on Jun 21 2013

It's hard to believe that anything compelling about the Civil War remains unexplored, but the picaresque odyssey of these two plucky journalists turns out to be an intimate and absorbing social history...

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on Feb 27 2013

Carlson has taken full advantage of abundant material to deliver a vivid chronicle of two working Civil War reporters and their spectacular odyssey.

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Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on May 25 2013

Browne and Richardson deserved a contemporary audience because of their professional skill and personal courage.

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Rick Laliberte 24 May 2013

So here%u2019s the short version %u2013 this is a very good book and I highly recommend it. You don%u2019t need to be a Civil War buff to enjoy this book. It%u2019s a true story, not a fictionalize...

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