Gunner with Stonewall: Reminiscences of William Thomas Poague

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A Confederate artillery officer, William Thomas Poague fought in General “Stonewall” Jackson’s campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley and at Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and elsewhere. After Jackson’s death, Poague remained in the Army of Northern Virginia. Gunner with Stonewall sheds light on a neglected aspect of the Civil War, the role of the artillery in combat.
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Overview

A Confederate artillery officer, William Thomas Poague fought in General “Stonewall” Jackson’s campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley and at Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and elsewhere. After Jackson’s death, Poague remained in the Army of Northern Virginia. Gunner with Stonewall sheds light on a neglected aspect of the Civil War, the role of the artillery in combat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803287532
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 817,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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The notebooks containing these memoirs were edited by Monroe F. Cockrell, an expert on the Confederacy and graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and first published in 1957. A new introduction by Robert K. Krick has been added for this Bison Books edition. Krick is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic.
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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Very readable and highly recommended.

    A really good personal account by an officer in the Army of Northern Virginia. One thing that makes it so unique is the scarcity of personal memoirs by members of the artillery, the notable exception being E P Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy. However, Poague writes from a much lower level in the military chain of command although he did rise to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The memoirs were written from memory apparently without reference to a diary. The intended audience being his family only, Poague is not hesitant to criticize with he thought appropriate although it is clear he has no "axe to grind". A fast moving, easy to read, memoir of one who saw the war through to Appomattox. Missing are the distortions in efforts to magnify personal achievements found in many Civil War memoirs. Highly recommended.

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