Rebel Gray, Mountain Green is a novel based on the Confederate raid on St Albans, Vermont in 1864. Illustrated with period images, the story focuses on the actual leader of the raid, Lt. Bennett Young of Kentucky, following his career from enlistment through Morgan's Northern raid, through imprisonment and escape, and recruitment by Confederate spymasters, among them John Wilkes Booth. Other significant characters include the town sheriff, the stablekeeper, their sons, the Governor's wife, and a female spy. The book is faithful to actual events: shots were fired, men were killed, fires were started, banks were robbed. The flight of the rebels into Canada with the posse in pursuit is covered, along with their extradition trial. Besides Booth and General Morgan, historic figures such as Judah P. Benjamin, Colonel Roy Cluke, Abraham Lincoln, and Saint Alban himself make appearances. Action, romance, suspense, and sentiment enliven this tale of terrorism in an unsuspecting town 500 miles from the war.
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Published December 18, 2013
History, War, Literature & Fiction.