Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry / Edition 1

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Overview

Only eighteen years old when he marched off to war, young Confederate Robert Campbell already possessed the keen, perceptive eye of a seasoned journalist. After fighting with the 5th Texas Infantry Regiment in the famed Hood's Texas Brigade, Campbell recorded the first months of his service for the benefit of future generations of his family. Now editors George Skoch and Mark W. Perkins bring Campbell's riveting eyewitness accounts from the frontline to the public in Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the 5th Texas Infantry, a lively and telling glimpse into a Johnny Reb's life.

This young Confederate's tale of battle begins with his introduction to the unit in Virginia and continues through to his furlough home after he suffers a serious battle wound at Second Manassas. Among the thousands who served in what arguably was the most renowned combat unit in the Southern army, Hood's Texas Brigade, Campbell holds the dubious distinction of being the most wounded man, sustaining six wounds during the course of the war.

Campbell praises Southern women who cared for soldiers along the railroad line from Richmond to Montgomery and recalls eating ten ears of green corn after three days of short rations and a hard day of fighting. He recounts falling asleep on picket duty despite the fear of punishment by death, and describes being under cannon fire and suffering a painful leg injury. The terrible conditions of battle—eating and sleeping too little, marching and drilling too much, cleaning weapons and standing watch in the rain and cold—are vividly real under Campbell's pen, which also praises his leaders, Lee, Jackson, and other Confederate officers.

Skoch and Perkins have supplemented the record of Campbell's wartime service with his letters written during and after the war. His remarkable firsthand account of life in the 5th Texas will find a permanent niche in the literature of the Civil War.

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Editorial Reviews

D. Scott Hartwig
"Robert Campbell’s memoir will take its place near the fore front of those written by members of the famous Texas Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia. This 5th Texas veteran wields a pen with skill and an attention to details that make his story a pleasure to read."—D. Scott Hartwig, author, historian
Blue & Gray
Lone Star Confederate should rank among the best postwar memoirs written by enlisted soldiers of the War Between the States. An educated son of a lawyer, Campbell’s literary skills were impressive, especially compared to the more typically under-educated Southern soldier. Preserving its originality, editors George Skoch and Mark W. Perking, recognizing Campbell’s able pen, thoughtfully allowed him to express himself to the reader directly, without excessive editorial interpretation or intervention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585442386
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2003
  • Series: Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series , #84
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,409,945
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Fascinated with the Civil War since childhood, George Skoch studied history at Kent State University, has written and collaborated on several books and articles, and has served as coeditor of Blue & Gray magazine.Mark W. Perkins holds degrees from the University of Akron and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a member of the Kent Civil War Society and a Civil War reenactment group which portrays the 5th Texas Infantry, Company A.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps VI
Foreword VII
Preface XI
Introduction XV
Chapter 1. Enlistment 3
Chapter 2. Yorktown 8
Chapter 3. Seven Pines 18
Chapter 4. Joining Jackson 25
Chapter 5. The Seven Days Battles 33
Chapter 6. "Camp Thunder and Lightning" 50
Chapter 7. Road to Manassas 54
Chapter 8. Second Manassas 64
Chapter 9. Recovery 79
Appendix A. Letters and Other Writings 93
Appendix B. Muster Roll Entries for Robert Campbell 117
Notes 119
Bibliography 153
Index 159
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