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Four Years in Rebel Capitals An Inside View of Life in the Southern Confederacy from Birth to Death   By: (1839-1914)

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FOUR YEARS IN REBEL CAPITALS:

AN INSIDE VIEW OF LIFE IN THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY, FROM BIRTH TO DEATH

FROM ORIGINAL NOTES, COLLATED IN THE YEARS 1861 TO 1865,

BY T. C. DELEON,

AUTHOR OF "CREOLE AND PURITAN," "CROSS PURPOSES," "JUNY," ETC.

"In the land where we were dreaming!" D. B. Lucas.

"I leave it to men's charitable speeches, to foreign, nations and to the next ages." Francis Bacon.

MOBILE, ALA. THE GOSSIP PRINTING COMPANY.

1890.

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1890, By THE GOSSIP PRINTING COMPANY, In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

TO MY VALUED FRIEND,

MRS. AUGUSTA EVANS WILSON,

AS ONE LITTLE TOKEN OF APPRECIATION OF A LIFE WORK DEDICATE TO HER SEX, TO HER SECTION AND TO TRUTH,

THESE SKETCHES

OF LIFE BEHIND OUR CHINESE WALL ARE INSCRIBED.

Transcriber's Note: The advertisement with press comments for the author's book Juny: or Only One Girl's Story has been moved to the end of this text.

IN PLACE OF PREFACE.

Fortunate, indeed, is the reader who takes up a volume without preface; of which the persons are left to enact their own drama and the author does not come before the curtain, like the chorus of Greek tragedy, to speak for them.

But, in printing the pages that follow, it may seem needful to ask that they be taken for what they are; simple sketches of the inner life of "Rebeldom" behind its Chinese wall of wood and steel during those unexampled four years of its existence.

Written almost immediately after the war, from notes and recollections gathered during its most trying scenes, these papers are now revised, condensed and formulated for the first time. In years past, some of their crude predecessors have appeared as random articles in the columns of the Mobile Sunday Times , Appleton's Journal , the Louisville Courier Journal , the Philadelphia Times and other publications.

Even in their present condensation and revision, they claim only to be simple memoranda of the result of great events; and of their reaction upon the mental and moral tone of the southern people, rather than a record of those events themselves.

This volume aspires neither to the height of history, nor to the depths of political analysis; for it may still be too early for either, or for both, of these. Equally has it resisted temptation to touch on many topics not strictly belonging inside the Southern Capitals still vexed by political agitation, or personal interest. These, if unsettled by dire arbitrament of the sword, must be left to Time and his best coadjutor, "sober second thought."

Campaigns and battles have already surfeited most readers; and their details usually so incorrectly stated by the inexpert have little to do with a relation of things within the Confederacy, as they then appeared to the masses of her people. Such, therefore, are simply touched upon in outline, where necessary to show their reaction upon the popular pulse, or to correct some flagrant error regarding that.

To the vast majority of those without her boundaries to very many, indeed, within them realities of the South, during the war, were a sealed book. False impressions, on many important points, were disseminated; and these, because unnoted, have grown to proportions of accepted truth. A few of them, it may not yet be too late to correct.

While the pages that follow fail not to record some weaknesses in our people, or some flagrant errors of their leaders, they yet endeavor to chronicle faithfully heroic constancy of men, and selfless devotion of women, whose peers the student of History may challenge that vaunting Muse to show.

To prejudiced provincialism, on the one side, they may appear too lukewarm; by stupid fanaticism on the other, they may be called treasonable. But written without prejudice, and equally without fear, or favor they have aimed only at impartial truth, and at nearest possible correctness of narration... Continue reading book >>




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