Rebel at Large

The Diary of Confederate Deserter Philip Van Buskirk


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About the Book

This diary is one of the most unusual produced during the Civil War because it contains very little about military life. Early in the war Van Buskirk abandoned his regiment, working as a schoolmaster, farmhand, and casual laborer. He wrote of the suffering civilians endured at the hands of contending armies. But he also found time to chronicle his fascination with handsome young lads he encountered during his life as a deserter—unwittingly providing modern readers an illuminating glimpse of class differences and sexual mores. Naval, social and sexual historians, in particular, will find much valuable source material.

About the Author(s)

B.R. Burg is a professor of history at Arizona State University and has written extensively on the sexuality among seafarers and the sexual abuse of children. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bibliographic Details

Philip Van Buskirk
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 190
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4293-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5489-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      5


1861–1862      49

1863      51

1864      59

1865      106

Afterword      123

Notes      143

Bibliography      163

Index      173