From its founding in the 1840s through the 1860s, the New York Tribune was an American paper of record, influencing national opinion and political discourse. The publication it became, the New York Herald-Tribune, ceased publication in 1966, but this summer there is a delightful way to travel back to the paper’s robust origins.
Peter Carlson’s book Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey retraces the remarkable Civil War tale of two Tribune reporters. It’s been getting solid reviews and today, AP reviewer Christopher Sullivan adds his voice to the chorus:
The reporters witnessed fighting or its aftermath at Shiloh, Antietam and other slaughters. They met Abraham Lincoln more than once. But mostly this is a story about their capture and 19-month imprisonment by Confederates, how they survived and, amazingly, how they plugged into a complex network that risked all to help prisoners escape to seemingly unreachable Union lines.
Sullivan has a couple of minor quibbles, but overall applauds Carlson – a former Washington Post reporter – for crafting a yarn that entertains and educates. The first chapter is available for preview at the author’s website.[Jacket cover courtesy: PublicAffairs]