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"In Moss Bluff Rebel, Philip Caudill skillfully traces the life and times of William Berry Duncan, Liberty county clerk, sheriff, cattleman, entrepreneur and Confederate soldier. Fully utilizing primary sources, especially Duncan's diaries, and secondary accounts, Caudill describes Duncan's experiences as a captain in Spaight's battalion in Civil War action in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The author is a diligent researcher, forceful writer - and coincidentally, an entertaining public speaker - and readers will enjoy this spirited narrative about  a reluctant Rebel in the Civil War and Reconstruction." — Ralph A. Wooster, Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, Lamar University
(Ralph A. Wooster Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, Lamar University)

". . . Philip Caudill, has. . . presented a well-written and fascinating picture of life in southeast Texas from the perspective of a cavalry company commander. . . Caudill makes you feel like you know Duncan as well as a colleague." — David White, President, Austin Civil War Round Table
(David White, President Austin Civil War Round Table)

". . . (William) Duncan was the type of everyman who keeps society moving and improving. Moss Bluff Rebel depicts an ordinary man in extraordinary times. The book is valuable because of that. . . Caudill lets readers view the life of the average Texan of the Civil War. . . and experience everyday wartime Texas, and view ordinary people picking up the pieces of their lives afterward." — Mark Lardas, Galveston County Daily News
(Mark Lardas Galveston County Daily News)

". . . Details of what was happening in Texas during and after the Civil War make this book much more valuable than most biographies. . . Caudill has presented well-documented fact that reads as easily as a historical or biographical novel." — Marie Beth Jones, The Facts, Brazoria County
(Marie Beth Jones The Facts, Brazoria County)

"Moss Bluff Rebel is an excellent social history with a particular audience in mind. The reader comes away with a genuine understanding of what it was like to survive on the frontier through floods and hard economic times. This work is an extremely detailed biography of a Confederate soldier and the society in which he lived. The genealogist and anyone interest in the economics of the Southwest will probably find this book very worthwhile. I came away from it with a better understanding of the frontier experience."--John Michael Priest, Blue and Gray Magazine

(John Michael Priest Blue & Gray Magazine 2011-12-02)

"In this well-crafted biography, Phil Caudill paints a vivid portrait of William Berry Duncan's fascinating life. Moreover, he gives us one of the best glimpses yet of life on the Civil War home front in Texas." — Dr. Gregg Cantrell, Lowe Chair in Texas History, Texas Christian University

(Dr. Gregg Cantrell, Lowe Chair in Texas History, Texas Christian University)

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PHILIP CAUDILL is an adjunct professor of Texas history at Lone Star College – Montgomery in The Woodlands, Texas.  He holds a Master of Arts in History from Sam Houston State University as well as Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, which has named him a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sam Rayburn Series on Rural Life, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Commerce (Book 18)
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; First Edition edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603440895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603440899
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,197,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on May 5, 2009
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Moss Bluff Rebel fully lived up to my hopes and expectations. It gives an outstanding view of what it was really like to be a Confederate soldier in the War for Southern Independence. The book is well written, well organized and highly readable. I also felt like I really got to know Duncan the man. He was frank and honest in his letters and diary and very business-like and fair in the treatment of his men. I felt like I also got good insights on what daily life for Texas pioneers was really like during that time period. The book was of special interest to me since I had an ancestor who was in the cattle business and agriculture in Southwest Louisiana at the same time, and who also served in Spaight's Battalion, although in a different company from Duncan. I consider Moss Bluff Rebels one of the very best additions to my personal library. I highly recommend this book.
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By Glockenstein0869 on July 12, 2012
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As a son of the south and a history buff, I enjoy reading about the soldier's wartime experiences.
Although I happen to live near the area where the story is set, I believe anyone who likes read accounts of soldiers during the civil war will enjoy this book.
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