Wiley examined countless letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and official records to construct this frequently poignant, sometimes humorous account of the life of Johnny Reb. In a new foreword for this updated edition, Civil War expert James I. Robertson, Jr., explores the exemplary career of Bell Irvin Wiley, who championed the common folk, whom he saw as ensnared in the great conflict of the 1860s.
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The Confederate States of America was formed by the states that seceded from the Union in 1861 and was dissolved in 1865. The Battle of Antietam was fought near Sharpsburg MD in 1862 and represented the bloodiest single day in American military history.