In 1863, New York Tribune reporters Junius Browne and Albert Richardson were captured by the Confederate army in Vicksburg, Mississippi. What followed was an epic journey through an archipelago of Confederate prisons, a daring escape, and a perilous 300-mile trek to freedom. It's the subject of the book, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War Odyssey, due out at the end of the month. Author Peter Carlson takes Bob through the highs and lows of the adventure. (Shortride)… (more)
Albert Richardson and Junius Browne, two correspondents for the "New York Tribune," were captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and spent 20 months in horrific prisons before escaping. Their amazing, long-forgotten odyssey is one of the great escape stories in American history.
Peter Carlson is a former feature writer and columnist for The Washington Post, where he wrote the weekly column "The Magazine Reader." The author of Roughneck: The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood, and a co-author—with Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton, among others—of The Gospel According to ESPN, he lives in Rockville, MD.
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The Biographical Adventure of Two Civil War Journalists
Peter Carlson will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign his book, Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy. “When two correspondents for the New York Tribune embark on a journey to cover the Civil War in the heart of Confederate controlled territories, they are thrilled at the prospect of adventure, glory and of getting a good story. Soon, though they find out the true nature of war after witnessing battle and getting captured, they end up in the prisoner of war camp in Salisbury, NC. This book, though a history, reads like a novel. It is thoroughly engaging while offering unique insights on the function and the perception of the media of that time,” says City Lights publicist Eon Alden. Last weekend Peter Carlson was on NPR's "On the Media"
Tony Horwitz reviewed the book for the Washington Post— “Carlson’s story has so many twists, right up to the last page….But the exquisite plot is only one of the joys of reading this book….If there’s a flaw in this fine book, it’s that Carlson tells his story almost too well….This is a rollicking read.”
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Peter Carlson - Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey
While covering the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, two New York Tribune reporters were captured and held in a Confederate prison for twenty months until they escaped. Carlson, Washington Post reporter and author of K Blows Top, retraces the arduous 340 miles the pair traveled—mostly on foot, aided by unpredictable allies, from covert pro-Union groups to guerilla leaders—to reach safety
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