Company Aytchby Samuel R. Watkins
Among the plethora of books about the Civil War Company Aytch stands out for its uniquely personal view of the events as related by a most engaging writer--a man with Twain-like talents who served as a foot soldier for four long years in the Confederate army. Originally published in 1881 as a series of articles in the Columbia, Tennessee, Herald, Sam/b>/b>… See more details below
Among the plethora of books about the Civil War Company Aytch stands out for its uniquely personal view of the events as related by a most engaging writer--a man with Twain-like talents who served as a foot soldier for four long years in the Confederate army. Originally published in 1881 as a series of articles in the Columbia, Tennessee, Herald, Sam Watkins's account has long been recognized by historians as one of the most lively and witty accounts of the war. Parallels between this text and The Red Badge of Courage suggest that Stephen Crane was also among Private Watkins's readers. This edition of Company Aytch also contains six previously uncollected articles by Sam Watkins, plus other valuable supplementary materials, including a map and period illustrations, a glossary of technical and military terms, a chronology of events, a concise history of Watkins's regiment, a biographical directory of individuals mentioned in the narrative, and geographic and topical indexes. This new edition of a Civil War classic is bound to become the edition of choice for students, military buffs, and general readers alike.
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The book 'company aytch' is an excellant story of one mans' life and hardships during the war between the states. this book tells the everyday life of the common confederate soldier.
I first read this book when I was a US History major at Ball State University in the 70's. I have since re-read this book many times. I was moved by it's compelling first-hand accounts of the war from the high spirited begining to its painful end. This war has been so romanticised that modern Americans forget just how terrible this war really was for all Americans. One unforgetful line penned by Watkins is that there is no glory on the battlefield. He chronicles the excited begining of the war through the grinding daily existence of a battle hardened soldier to the distress of defeat after such a high cost was paid in lives lost. This book shows how even a war that may be seen as just by all combatants is still a horrific affair for all who go through the experience.
This book was written by an ex-confederate who was in the 1st Tennessee during the Civil War, probably the best memoir book ever written.