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John W. Green (1841-1920), an enlisted man with Kentucky’s famed Confederate Orphan Brigade throughout the Civil War, fought at Shiloh, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Atlanta and many other crucial battles. An acute observer with a flair for humanizing the impersonal horror of war, he kept a record of his experiences, and penned an exciting front-line account of America’s defining trial by fire.

Albert D. Kirwan provides a brief history of the Orphan Brigade and a biography of Johnny Green. Introductions to each chapter explain references in the journal and also set the context for the major campaigns.

Winner of the 2002 General Basil W. Duke Award for best Confederate Reprint by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars

Albert D. Kirwan (1904-1971) was the seventh president of the University of Kentucky and the author of several books.

"This history couples the day-to-day journal of one of the brigade’s most battle-hardened veterans and his post-war reminiscences, giving a unique perspective on the Orphans."—Back Home in Kentucky

"This journal gives the common soldier’s perspective from such notable conflicts as Shiloh and Chickamauga."—Civil War Book Review

"A true classic, well-deserving this new printing."—Civil War News

"Long out-of-print, this handsome new volume will be welcomed by Civil War readers who now have an opportunity to obtain one of the most readable first-hand accounts of the Civil War’s western threatre."—Lowell Harrison, Bowling Green Daily News

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The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY






John Williams Green, Johnny Green, Confederate soldiers, First Kentucky Brigade, American Civil War, United States Civil War


Military History


Originally published in 1956.

Edited by Albert D. Kirwan; with a new foreword by Kent Masterson Brown.

Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade: The Journal of a Confederate Soldier
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