Co. Aytch, Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment; Or, A Side Show Of The Big Showby Sam R. Watkins
Samuel "Sam" Rush Watkins (1839-1901) was a noted Confederate soldier during the American Civil War. He is known today for his memoir "Co. Aytch", Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment; or, A Side Show of the Big Show often heralded as one of the best primary sources about the common soldier's Civil War experience. He faithfully served throughout the duration of the War, participating in many battles. Of the 120 men who enlisted in "Company H" in 1861, Watkins was one of only seven alive when General Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee surrendered to General William Tecumseh Sherman in North Carolina April, 1865. Of the 1,200 men who fought in the First Tennessee, only 65 were left to be paroled on that day. Soon after the war ended, Watkins began writing his memoir; "Co. Aytch". It was originally serialized in the Columbia, Tennessee Herald newspaper. It was published in a first edition of 2,000 in book form in 1882. Watkins's writing style is quite engaging and skillfully captures the pride, misery, glory, and horror experienced by the common foot soldier. Watkins is often featured and quoted in Ken Burns' 1990 documentary titled The Civil War.
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My grandfather was a private during this war. With much luck lets me know why I'm able to read of the good and BAD of this war, especially from a privates point of view. Not from history books, or from news reports. You get a feeling that you are with him side by side during his events, feeling his hardships and appreciates his cunning for being honest staying the tour of duty. Very educated able to escape from capture, blending in with the enemy with ease without getting caught, makes me proud to be a SON OF A CONFEDERATE VETERAN.
The best reading material published on the life of a civil war solider. Filled with laughter and tears, one moment I was cracking up with Sam ,the next his words were tearing my heart out. A must for any civil war buff, a must for all history students, a must for all Americans!