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Book Title:  Rebel Correspondent by Steve Procko
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction 18+, 356 pages
Genre Biography & Autobiography, Military and Nonfiction, History,  United States, Civil War Period
Publisher:  Steve Procko Productions, LLC
Release date:  September 2021
Tour dates: September 1 to September 14
Content Rating:  PG


 Book Description:

Rebel Correspondent is the true story of a young man who joined the Confederate Army days after his eighteenth birthday and served bravely until the war ended. Wounded twice, he emerged a changed person. But he wasn't just a returning veteran; he was also a writer.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Arba F. Shaw was a fifty-seven-year-old farmer. On a chilly December day in 1901, he put pen to paper to write his memories of being a Rebel Private in the 4th Georgia Cavalry (Avery), C.S.A. He completed writing his account in February 1902. His local newspaper, the Walker County Messenger, in Lafayette, Georgia, published his account in more than fifty articles from 1901 to 1903. Then it was all but forgotten. Until Now. Rebel Correspondent presents Arba F. Shaw's account word-for-word, as first published in the Walker County Messenger almost 120 years ago. Procko annotates Shaw's account with in-depth research, verifying it and uncovering the back story of his life and the lives of his Rebel comrades. Procko's research offers a historical perspective on the many places and events Shaw so richly described.

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By: Steve Procko; Author, Rebel Correspondent -

 My book Rebel Correspondent is the true story about a young man name Arba Shaw who joined the Confederate army. Arba was a member of Company F of the 4th Georgia Cavalry. More than 35 years after the war was over, he wrote about his experiences as a young cavalry private. Then his account was forgotten. Until now.

 What is interesting about Arba’s stories is just how many eyewitness accounts turned out to be the only record of what had actually happened. He was witness at the battles and skirmishes that killed and wounded many of his brothers-in-arms as well as his enemies. When I began looking for records on those men today, I discovered that many of these soldiers’ descendants had no idea what happened to them. In the Civil War, many soldiers were buried where they fell. Sometimes they were just listed as missing. Sometimes they were seriously wounded and left to fend on their own.

 One private in Arba’s Company F was John B. Biggerstaff, who was seriously wounded in the forehead during battle at Sweetwater, Tennessee in August 1864. Biggerstaff was left behind when the regiment was ordered to fall back. Kneeling next to him, Private Ben Chastain, another Company F soldier whispered in his ear, “John, I’m downtown for a little while”. They left Biggerstaff behind at a cabin in the care of two elderly ladies. His gruesome wound was considered a mortal injury, and he was not expected to survive.

 Five years later in October 1869, a stranger on horseback arrived at Chastain’s small farm south of LaFayette, Georgia. Ben walked up to the stranger as he dismounted from his horse. “You’ve been gone downtown a long time,” said the man to a shocked Ben Chastain. It was John Biggerstaff, who then spent the evening telling the tale of how he had survived fate.



Meet the Author: 

Steve Procko never thought of himself as a Civil War history buff, let alone a biographer. He does love history, however, particularly learning about the small, everyday events in the lives of little-known people and the small towns they lived in.

A documentarian and cinematographer, Steve was sleuthing stories for a documentary series he has developed, “There’s History Around Every Bend,” currently available on YouTube, when he came across the writings of Private Arba F. Shaw.

The down-to-earth accounts of the everyday life of a lowly private just struggling to survive one of the greatest events in American history fascinated Steve. As he read the series of articles, mostly unread since they were published in a small, north Georgia newspaper in 1901-1903, he began to realize that this was a remarkable cache of history.

A native of Florida, Steve, with his Lauren and their dog Rigby, splits his time between a mountain log cabin nestled next to Stanley Creek near the town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, and a home in Ocala, Florida.

He opened a commercial film production company with a partner in 1984. In 2003 the company became Steve Procko Productions (SPP). His Emmy-award-winning financial literacy program Talkin' Money Minutes is available on over 100 Public Television stations nationwide. SPP has also won three additional Emmys over fifty Addy Awards, Telly Awards, and two Promax awards.

When he’s not behind a video camera or researching the archives for his next documentary or book, Steve explores remote areas throughout the United States and Canada as a fine art photographer. He has had work displayed at The Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as well as solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. 

Steve’s second book, Captured Liberty, another Civil War story about nine POW Union officers and their amazing escape will be published in 2022. He also plans to develop documentaries about The Rebel Correspondent and Captured Liberty.

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