The Fremantle Diary: A Journal of the Confederacy
This is a fascinating primary document of the Civil War, the diary of English Col. James Fremantle, who kept shi engaging account of his tour of the Confederacy in 1863.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Burford Books
(first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 02, 2013 Henry Chavez rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the civil war.
Freemantle's diary is a must read for anyone interested in the civil war and more specifically the time leading up to the battle at Gettysburg. His first hand account, albeit somewhat partisan, does at least try to document all he saw during his travels across the south. I enjoyed his English officer and gentlemen's perspective throughout. The book is an easy read, but I would recommend a map to follow his adventures more closely. As a Texan, I especially liked his time in Texas. His crossing of...more
Jan 06, 2010 Suzie rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommended to Suzie by: my father leant it to me
amazing first person account of an english officer's experience of the amercian civil war. he came in through the blockade in texas, traveled throughout the south and met many of the main players of the confederacy, witnessed the bloodbath of gettysburg...quite an insight into the most momentous events of our country.
I've always liked this book but honestly this time around I thought the strongest part of it was his travels through Mexico and Texas heading east. A interesting account by a British officer playing tourist in the middle of the Civil War.