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Johnny Reb and Billy Yank

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Barry Eads

27 Hours 52 Minutes


August 2016


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Johnny Reb & Billy Yank is an epic novel first published in 1905 by Alexander Hunter, a soldier who served in Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army from 1861 to 1865. The novel is noted for encapsulating most of the major events of the American Civil War, due to Hunter's obvious involvement in them. The "novel" is actually pulled from Hunter's own diaries during the war. He explains his reasons for publishing his accounts in the preface to the novel-

"There were thousands of soldiers on both sides during the Civil War, who, at the beginning, started to keep a diary of daily events, but those who kept a record from start to finish can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I was so fortunate as to save most of my notes made during the four years of conflict, and in 1865, having no fixed pursuit in life, I spent most of the time in arranging and writing up these incidents of camp life while fresh in my memory. I have given in these pages veracious account of the life of a soldier in Lee's army...."

The novel is then divided into two parts, the first part chronicling Hunter's service in the infantry up until the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the second part depicting his service in the Cavalry until the end of the war. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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  • Marguerite B.

    Very boring dull an biased. The narrator was monotonous wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

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  • Peter B

    One of the best written book about the individual soldier and his experience in any war book I have ever heard or read. The Officers on both sides appear to be more concerned about themselves than their men. The Southern officers appear to be more kind and intelligent about the war and their men. I wish more soldiers from this centuries wars from this perspective. Too many writing for gain and not what REALLY happened.

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  • jason s

    Great look at the US civil war. I actually had no idea the south was so close to winning it all several times. Just more proof that politicians only screw things up. Davis was apparently a moron.

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  • Kelly S

    As a history buff I found this book extremely informative. A true look at the soilders life during this time of war. Great insight on individual battles and the leader of both armies. I finished my book of the month and found this title in the 'free books'. Highly recommended.

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