He served with the First Virginia Cavalry on J. Stuart's staff, and as a sergeant with an artillery battery in South Carolina, a detached Virginia unit. His unit served as a company of sharpshooters in the Wilderness Campaign, was in the trenches at Petersburg, and narrowly avoided capture and then surrender at Appomattox.
In Southern Soldier Stories, many of Eggleston's short anecdotes of the war are intensely local, giving us the familiar place names of Northern Virginia and coastal South Carolina, for example. They show great sympathy for the courage and suffering of the soldiers of both sides, but also of the men and women whose interrupted civilian lives are cruelly caught up in the great conflict. He writes of women serving in combat roles with both the armies, and of the clash of rough soldiers, bad and good, with the needs of civilian survivors in their disrupted communities. Aside from his informative descriptions and fast-moving prose, what is so engaging about Eggleston is the obviously honest and likable approach he takes to his work. Few writers from the War can match Eggleston for humor that is still funny today.
Eggleston's narratives bring a fresh immediacy and colorful detail to the study of the War Between the States that all readers should appreciate. Eggleston's work is loaded with human interest and hard battlefield information. His "stories, " give a rare, balanced view of the war, unusually free of partisan acrimony, and just make really good reading.
Raised in a Northern state, but bearing one of the fine old Virginia names, Eggleston came to Virginia as an educated but poor orphan at age 17, when he inherited an Amelia County plantation and attended college in Richmond. Warmly welcomed by his father's Virginia relatives, he became a loyal and fervent "adopted" Virginian.
Eggleston called this book "stories, " because, as his original introduction carefully states, some of the stories came from his friends. A less scrupulous combat veteran than Eggleston would probably not have bothered with this. His military records reveal that he was in these places and with these units and at these fights. And while the literate, well-spoken Eggleston observes the war like a commissioned officer, he was really an enlisted man who got to see almost the whole war from an officer's point of view.
Eggleston was a professional writer in his post-war career. He edited several national magazines, and was in fact a professional Southern writer, who published dozens of books about the war and the ante-bellum South.His writing and editing skills show in the hard, colorful detail of his fast-paced, humorous narratives. THIS BOOK IS IN NEAR FINE CONDITION This original, 122-year old, first edition book is excellent overall condition. Bound in Confederate-gray covers with gold lettering and decorative design work, the image of a rolled blanket, knapsack and drum with a C. On the knapsack, the book is clean and has solid binding throughout. The book has no looseness or lean and both hinges are fine. The exterior is clean with no bumping or discernible edge wear. The book has light rubbing only. The interior is clean and the pages are in excellent condition. There is a small bookseller label on the front, inside cover along with an antique signature dated 1929 as shown. The book has no other writing, stamps, pasteboards or other markings.
It has no smudging of foxing. The book contains a handsome frontispiece illustration of General J. Stuart on horseback along with a fine condition tissue guard. The book contains five other full-page illustrations throughout.The book contains 11 pages of introductory material, 251 pages, plus four pages of publisher advertisements. Overall a nice, clean, solid, first edition book by this fine Confederate veteran-author.
Confederate Veteran With Illustrations by R. FIRST EDITION NEAR FINE CONDITION. Handsome, Cover Design; Original, Clean, Solidly Bound, Antique Book Written by a Confederate Veteran Handsome Frontispiece of General J.
HANDSOMELY PUBLISHED BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY, NEW YORK, IN 1898. This antique, first edition book, written by Confederate Veteran and author, George Cary Eggleston, was published in 1898 and remains a rich collection of war events and anecdotes. Many of Eggleston's short anecdotes of the war are intensely local, giving us the familiar place names of Northern Virginia and coastal South Carolina, for example. THIS BOOK IS IN NEAR FINE CONDITION.
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