Oct 282013

Scoffing at death was the code of the “Bohemian Brigade”—the tongue-in-cheek name that Junius Browne and other Northern war correspondents had coined to describe themselves. A self-conscious romantic, Browne reveled in the idea that they were “knights of the quill,” swashbuckling poet-warriors living “a nomadic, careless, halfliterary, half-vagabondish life.” They traveled into the hell of battle and returned to tell the tale, risking their lives “purely from a love of adventure—to have the experience—which is a very natural desire of the poetico-philosophical temperament.”

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The adventures of these “Knights of the Quill” stretch incredulity — yet are true. It is hard to imagine the dangers they put themselves in just to “get the story”.

Book Posts

  • Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey – Peter Carlson
  • Civil War Bohemian Brigade

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    Mar 202013

    When I saw this title available on NetGalley for review I jumped right on it. I was amazed to find out that it is a true story that takes the readers through the bloody Civil War battlefields and heart-wrenching prisoner of war camps.

    UPDATE: Having finished the book, I heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in the Civil War or Journalism. The book is well written and the story is riveting. You won’t want to put it down.

    Book Posts

  • Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey – Peter Carlson
  • Civil War Bohemian Brigade

  • Book Info

    Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
    by Peter Carlson
    Publisher: Public Affairs
    Published: 05/28/2013
    ISBN-10: 1610391543
    ISBN-13: 978-1610391542
    Started: 03/20/2013
    Finished: 04/08/2013
    Source: NetGalley
    Reason: Love a good Civil War story, especially true ones.
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Junius Browne and Albert Richardson covered the Civil War for the New York Tribune until Confederates captured them as they tried to sneak past Vicksburg on a hay barge. Shuffled from one Rebel prison to another, they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history, packed with drama, courage, horrors and heroics, plus moments of antic comedy.

    On their long, strange adventure, Junius and Albert encountered an astonishing variety of American characters—Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, Rebel con men and Union spies, a Confederate pirate-turned-playwright, a sadistic hangman nicknamed “the Anti-Christ,” a secret society called the Heroes of America, a Union guerrilla convinced that God protected him from Confederate bullets, and a mysterious teenage girl who rode to their rescue at just the right moment.

    Peter Carlson, author of the critically acclaimed K Blows Top, has, in Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy, written a gripping story about the lifesaving power of friendship and a surreal voyage through the bloody battlefields, dark prisons, and cold mountains of the Civil War.

    Author Info
    Peter Carlson is the author of K Blows Top, which has been optioned into a feature film. For many years, he was a reporter and columnist for the Washington Post. He has also written for Smithsonian magazine, American History, and the Huffington Post. He lives in Rockville, MD.