Two Months in the Confederate States: An Englishman’s Travels Through the South by W. C. Corsan, edited by Benjamin H. Trask (review)

Two Months in the Confederate States: An Englishman's Travels Through the South by W. C. Corsan, edited by Benjamin H. Trask (Louisiana State University Press, 1996)

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Two Months in the Confederate States: An Englishman’s Travels Through the South by W. C. Corsan, edited by Benjamin H. Trask (review)

by Susan H. Irons
Southern Cultures, Vol. 4, No. 4: The South in the World

Louisiana State University Press, 1996

Benjamin H. Trask has recovered a lively voice from the past, a voice heavy with the accents of time and place. Trask’s recent republication of the neglected 1863¬†Two Months in the Confederate States¬†by “an English Merchant” brings to light an interesting, informative, and enjoyably readable account of a British citizen’s southern travels from October to December of 1862. The work is valuable both as a source of firsthand information about the social and economic conditions of a defining period in the South’s history and as a text that engages late-twentieth-century readers in the retrospective exercise of measuring the narrator’s impressions and predictions against the evolution of historical events.