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University Press of Kentucky Honored for Reissuing Civil War Book

By George Lewis

Cover of “Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade: The Journal of a Confederate Soldier”

Photo of inside of book, “Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade: The Journal of a Confederate Soldier”
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First released in 1955, the book chronicles the battlefield experiences of John W. Green (1841-1920), an enlisted man with Kentucky’s famed Confederate Orphan Brigade throughout the Civil War. Green fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and many other crucial battles. An acute observer with a flair for humanizing the impersonal horror of war, he kept a record of his experiences and penned exciting frontline accounts.

 

Jan. 23, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- University Press of Kentucky has received the Basil W. Duke Award for reissuing the long-out-of-print “Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade: The Journal of a Confederate Soldier.”

Edited in its original form by A. D. Kirwan, the seventh president of the University of Kentucky, the reissue contains new illustrations and a foreword by Lexington attorney Kent Masterson Brown, founding editor of Civil War magazine and founder of the Perryville Battlefield Preservation Association. Brown also is author of many published articles on the Civil War and several books, including “The Civil War in Kentucky: Battle for the Bluegrass State” and “Cushing of Gettysburg: The Story of a Union Artillery Officer.”

First released in 1955, the book chronicles the battlefield experiences of John W. Green (1841-1920), an enlisted man with Kentucky’s famed Confederate Orphan Brigade throughout the Civil War. Green fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Atlanta, and many other crucial battles. An acute observer with a flair for humanizing the impersonal horror of war, he kept a record of his experiences and penned exciting frontline accounts. He and other members of the Orphan Brigade were indicted for treason, yet they later rose to some of Kentucky’s most important political offices.

The Basil W. Duke Award is given by the Military Order of Stars and Bars, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Confederate history. The award goes to the publishing house that reissues what the organization feels is the most significant work of Confederate history. Duke was a brother-in-law of John Hunt Morgan, a Confederate officer and a military historian.


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