William Newby -- The Soldier's Return

Fascinating book! Found it while looking for an old movie. The copy I read is online at archive.org and in various other forms including downloadable PDF at William Newby alias Dan Benton alias Rickety Dan alias Crazy Jack The book is not fiction. The story, however, is somewhat similar to the movies "The Return of Martin Guerre" and "Sommersby". (I never did find the old movie I was looking for.)

Click on the "full screen" icon to read the book online.
The Appendix, pages 266-289, details the contribution of Col. Stephen G. Hicks to the war effort.
Col. Hicks is my 2nd cousin 4 times removed, and his wife Eliza Maxey is my 1st cousin 4 times removed.