Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Moss Bluff Rebel by Phil Caudill

Phil Caudill will be discussing his book, Moss Bluff Rebel: A Texas Pioneer in the Civil War at the Austin Civil War Roundtable tomorrow. Click here for details.

In a review, the roundtable called Moss Bluff Rebel an "exceptionally fast and interesting read for anyone interested in the history of Texas, business, the Civil War, or rural Texas life."

An excerpt:

The author, Philip Caudill, has expanded on this sketchy primary material with added research and presented a well-written and fascinating picture of life in southeast Texas from the perspective of a cavalry company commander. . .

Duncan's Civil War experience does provide some interesting insights into the Civil War experience in southeast Texas. The proximity of home and the ability to return there regularly and for extended periods of time probably caused greater morale problems for the Texas troops who actually saw the suffering on the homefront than for the Texas soldiers far from home in Virginia or Tennessee.