Review: CAMPAIGNS OF A NON-COMBATANT AND HIS ROMAUNT ABROAD DURING THE WAR by George Alfred Townsend

Matt’s Book Blog read and reviewed Campaigns of a Non-Combatant and His Romaunt Abroad During the War by George Alfred Townsend for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011.  Here’s an excerpt:

This memoir, also published as Rustics in Rebellion: A Yankee Reporter on the Road to Richmond, 1861-65, is decidedly not a chronicle of skirmishes, battles and retreats. Townsend is brief or token as to dates, locations, outcomes, and interpretations. 

Townsend focuses on ordinary people, not tactical, operational or political considerations.  He records the actions and attitudes of foot soldiers, captured southerners, Virginia farmers and their families, contrabands escaping to freedom, and shirkers who lied low in woods during battles. He gives vivid portraits of merchants making money out of the war such as sutlers and newspaper boys (buy for a penny in DC and sell for a dime near the front), to name only a couple of the assortment of wheelers and dealers.

Read the full review.

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