Life and Public Services of An Army Straggler, 1865
Kittrell J. Warren Edited with an Introduction by Floyd C. Watkins
“A piece of high-spirited, tell-tale fiction in which the author is thoroughly enjoying himself. . . . Confederate Warren may have lost the war, but he did not lose his sense of humor.”
—South Atlantic Bulletin
Published in 1865, shortly after the end of the Civil War, Life and Public Services of an Army Straggler is a fictional account of the misadventures of Will Fishback, Confederate deserter from Georgia, as he wanders the southern countryside he had sworn to protect. In its comic portrayal of the rascally Fishback, An Army Straggler pays homage to the forms and dialects of the picaresque frontier folktale.
Kittrel J. Warren (1829–1889) was a Confederate soldier, lawyer, legislator, county judge, newspaper columnist, and editor. Born in Alabama, Warren grew up in Georgia. He published two other books, Ups and Downs of Wife Hunting and History of the Eleventh Georgia Vols.