With his remarkable (very colloquial) vocabulary and spelling, he entertains throughout, while exhorting you to understand that he is painting an unvarnished portrait. He even begs pardon from his fellow Southerners for mentioning examples of Yankee kindnesses to him while incarcerated.
This Confederate soldier was obviously educated, however bad some of his spelling (why his editor didn’t correct it is unknown). We have left it all intact. He even tosses in use of French and Latin, and makes up his own words where he feels it’s necessary.
“Any super-fastidious reader who objects to my word-coinage, is hereby informed, that he is at perfect liberty to draw his pencil through the obnoxious polysyllable…”