Co. Aytch

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A classic account of Civil War combat

This is a justifiably famous account of the Civil War told by an ordinary soldier from within the ranks of a Tennessee regiment within the Confederate Army. Often quoted, it tells in a direct way, the story of an infantry company at war. In this it has much in common with similar accounts of men living and fighting together in combat irrespective of nationality, age or conflict. This is an intimate portrait of war with all its comradeship, ...

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Overview

A classic account of Civil War combat

This is a justifiably famous account of the Civil War told by an ordinary soldier from within the ranks of a Tennessee regiment within the Confederate Army. Often quoted, it tells in a direct way, the story of an infantry company at war. In this it has much in common with similar accounts of men living and fighting together in combat irrespective of nationality, age or conflict. This is an intimate portrait of war with all its comradeship, hardship, fear, horror and humour. We accompany Watkins and his comrades of Company 'Aytch' on campaign as he recollects, in his easy and personable style, encounters at Shiloh, Corinth, Murfreesboro, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and other bloody battlefields where they fought and died for the Confederate cause until the eventual surrender of the Southern forces. Highly recommended. Available in soft cover and cloth bound hard cover with dust jacket, head and tail bands and gold foil lettering to the spine-ideal for collectors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491283318
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/5/2013
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 324,826
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel "Sam" Rush Watkins (June 26, 1839 - July 20, 1901) was a noted Confederate soldier during the American Civil War. He is known today for his memoir Company Aytch: 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. Watkins was born on June 26, 1839 near Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee, and received his formal education at Jackson College in Columbia. He originally enlisted in the "Bigby Greys" of the 3rd Tennessee Infantry in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, but transferred shortly thereafter to the First Tennessee Infantry, Company H (the "Maury Greys") in the spring of 1861. Watkins faithfully served throughout the duration of the War, participating in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Murfreesboro (Stones River), Shelbyville, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Adairsville, Kennesaw Mountain (Cheatham Hill), New Hope Church, Zion Church, Kingston, Cassville, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Franklin, and Nashville. Of the 120 men who enlisted in "Company H" in 1861, Sam 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, entitled "Company Aytch: Or, a Side Show of the Big Show". It was originally serialized in the Columbia, Tennessee Herald newspaper. "Co. Aytch" was published in a first edition of 2,000 in book form in 1882. "Co. Aytch" is heralded by many historians as one of the best war memoirs written by a common soldier of the field. Sam'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. Watkins died on July 20, 1901 at the age of sixty-two in his home in the Ashwood Community. He was buried with full military honors by the members of the Leonidas Polk Bivouac, United Confederate Veterans, in the cemetery of the Zion Presbyterian Church near Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2003

    5th Grade History Class Revisited

    This book was required reading for our history class in Georgia. We took turns reading aloud. We took field trips to visit sites identified in the book (Chickamauga, Fort Oglethorpe, Chattanooga). My brother is a Civil War buff and had a different history teacher so he never read it. I'm very happy to find it for his birthday, albeit 30 years later!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2002

    the best

    this is a very good book. one of the best i have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Great History Lesson

    Thoroughly enjoyed Sam Watkins' account of life in the Confederate Army. Aren't a lot of books from the Southern point of view and especially enjoyed this one because it was written by someone who was actually there and was just an everyday soldier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2000

    Great Book!

    Corporal Watkins gives us an insight into what life was like in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. Although Sam makes some errors in this book, I found this to be very informative, and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2000

    Incomparable among Civil War memoirs

    Most history books concentrate on the sweeping campaigns of the commanders, telling us that General So-and-So did what. In truth, it is the PBI or the average soldier that, suffering greatly, wins or loses the battles. In a way, any wage-slave of post-modern America can empathize with Corporal Sam Watkins.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Chronicles of a true Southron!

    This is by far the greatest work I've ever read concerning the great men in gray. The author wrote this book with all the heart and inspiration you'd expect from a Southerner. I found myself to the point of tears thinking about my noble ancestors and their struggles during the War Between the States.

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