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Posted July 8, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.