(1810–66), frontier novelist, was born in Baltimore and reared in the Kentucky and Missouri border country. His pioneer boyhood is reflected in the narrative Wild Western Scenes (1841), in which Daniel Boone is described. Other novels include The Western Merchant (1849), Freaks of Fortune; or, The History of Ned Lorn (1854), and The War Path (1858). In the interests of the South, he founded The Southern Monitor at Philadelphia (1858). His A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate Capital (1866) gives a good picture of conditions within the Confederacy.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.