The Boy Soldier


Edwin Jemison and the Story Behind the Most Remarkable Portrait of the Civil War

By: Alexandra Filipowski, Hugh T. Harrington
Format: Hardback
Pages: 147
ISBN: 9781594162640
Published: 10th April 2017
RRP / Print Price: £0.00

Current purchase price:
£19.99

The Boy Soldier

Since its first publication over fifty years ago, the haunting image of Private Edwin F. Jemison has attracted widespread attention from those interested in the Civil War and other wars. His likeness has been compared to that of the Mona Lisa, and it rivals Abraham Lincoln as being one of the Civil Wars most recognized photographs. And yet, his name is not widely known.

Some believe that there is something about the mouth that is special, or his hands. Others, perhaps the majority, find his eyes to be powerful and thought provoking. Some wonder if they are looking into the future: Eddies own future or the future of all soldiers. Is there a sense of fear or a resignation to fate? He is, foremost, strikingly boyish.

Despite the great interest in the photograph almost nothing has been known of the young man himself, and misinformation about him has circulated since he was properly identified twenty years ago. The authors have spent decades researching the story behind the photograph seeking primary sources for accurate details of Jemisons life. The result is The Boy Soldier: Edwin Jemison and the Story Behind the Most Remarkable Portrait of the Civil War, the only biography of this young Confederate soldier.

We first encounter Eddie as he attends school in Milledgeville, Georgia, and then moves to Louisiana in 1860. The following spring, just as Louisiana secedes from the Union, Eddie enlists in the Confederate army. A little over a week after enlistment, and with minimal training, he is sent to Virginia to face the greatest event this nation had seen.

Over 150 years later the intrigue around his photograph is matched by the very peculiar accounts of his death, as well as the controversy of his burial location. The authors examine both issues to complete the story of the young soldiers life and death.



Some books that may interest you

The Lincoln Funeral
The Lincoln Funeral
By: Michael Leavy

God's Generals
God's Generals
By: Professor Richard A Gabriel

Heroic Option
Heroic Option
By: Desmond Bowen

Drone Warfare
Drone Warfare
By: Dave Sloggett

Without Tradition
Without Tradition
By: Robert Peatling

Fifth Army in Italy 1943 - 1945
Fifth Army in Italy 1943 - 1945
By: Lt Col. Ian Blackwell

D-Day Dakotas
D-Day Dakotas
By: Martin Bowman

Destroyer at War
Destroyer at War
By: David Goodey, Richard H. Osborne

The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944
The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944
By: John Grehan, Martin Mace

Austerlitz
Austerlitz
By: Ian Castle

Hero of the Empire
Hero of the Empire
By: Candice Millard

Roman Republic at War
Roman Republic at War
By: Don Taylor

Women of the Third Reich
Women of the Third Reich
By: Tim Heath

Sedan 1870
Sedan 1870
By: Douglas Fermer

Memories Unleashed
Memories Unleashed
By: Carl Rudolph Small



Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the book you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Information