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Rebels’ Recollections

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Chapter 1

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER I. THE MUSTERING, THAT was an admirable idea of De Quincey's, formally to postulate any startling theory upon which he desired to build an argument or a story, and to insist that his readers should regard the postulate as proved, on pain of losing altogether what he had to say. The [...]

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Chapter 2

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER 2. THE MEN WHO MADE THE ARMY,   A NEWSPAPER correspondent has told us that the great leader of the German armies, Count Von Moltke, has never read anything - even a history - of our war, and that when questioned on the subject, he has said he could not afford to [...]

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Chapter 3

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER 3. THE TEMPER OF THE WOMEN.,  DURING the latter part of the year in which the war between the States came to an end, a Southern comic writer, in a letter addressed to Artemus Ward, summed up the political outlook in one sentence, reading somewhat as follows: "You may reconstruct the [...]

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Chapter 4

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER IV. OF THE TIME WHEN MONEY WAS "EASY."         IT seems a remarkable fact that during the late Congressional travail with the currency question, no one of the people in or out of Congress, who were concerned lest there should not be enough money in the country to "move the crops," ever [...]

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Chapter 5

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER V. THE CHEVALIER OF THE LOST CAUSE.         THE queer people who devote their energies to the collection of autographs have a habit, as everybody whose name has been three times in print must have discovered, of soliciting from their victim "an autograph with a sentiment," and the unfortunate one is expected, [...]

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Chapter 6

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER VI. LEE, JACKSON, AND SOME LESSER WORTHIES.  THE story goes that when Napoleon thanked a private one day for some small service, giving him the complimentary title of "captain," the soldier replied with the question, "In what regiment, sire?" confident that this kind of recognition from the Little Corporal meant nothing [...]

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Chapter 7

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER VII. SOME QUEER PEOPLE.    GENERALS would be of small worth, indeed, if there were no lesser folk than they in service, and the interesting people one meets in an army do not all wear sashes, by any means. The composition of the battery in which I served for a considerable time [...]

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Chapter 8

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER VIII.RED TAPE.  THE history of the Confederacy, when it shall be fully and fairly written, will appear the story of a dream to those who shall read it, and there are parts of it at least which already seem a nightmare to those of us who helped make it. Founded upon [...]

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Chapter 9

A REBEL'S RECOLLECTIONS. CHAPTER IX. THE END, AND AFTER.     IT is impossible to say precisely when the conviction became general in the South that we were to be beaten. I cannot even decide at what time I myself began to think the cause a hopeless one, and I have never yet found one of my [...]