I've started a full reading of Henry Kyd Douglas' I Rode With Stonewall, originally published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1940. The author had quite a story to tell, as he was the youngest member of Jackson's staff. His story runs from John Brown's raid up through the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators, of which Douglas was an eyewitness to the trial.
His manuscript had quite a unique history up to the point of its publication. Douglas kept a diary throughout the war, which along with letters and other papers formed the basis for the book. When the hostilities were over, he began putting pen to paper. Once finished, Douglas essentially put his manuscript in a drawer, though for the next three decades his manuscript provided the basis for several articles and speeches, even serving as a source document for other authors.
In 1899 and having mellowed with age, Douglas decided to revisit his manuscript and incorporated a number of revisions. He passed away in 1903, at which point the manuscript was inherited by his sole nephew, John Kyd Beckenbaugh.
Beckenbaugh offered Douglas' memoir to the UNC Press around 1939-40. The press was amazed at such a find and freely admitted "when we first read the typescript we thought it was too good to be true." It was turned over to scholar Fletcher M. Green for review and who ultimately edited the book with the first printing appearing in late 1940. Broadfoot reports in his Civil War Books: A Priced Checklist that at least five printings of 2,000 copies each took place between November - December of 1940, making the book a hefty seller. Today however, first printings in the original dust jacket (pictured) are a tough find. As of this writing in fact, I could find no first edition copies with jacket for sale in collector's condition. The book was a critical success as well. In Tall Cotton descibes it as "one of the finest of Confederate narratives" while Nevins termed it a "delightful memoir."