Simple Story of a Soldier: Life and Service in the 2d Mississippi Infantry

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The camp, battle, and prison experiences of a common soldier. 

"The story is doubtless the most vivid record of a Confederate soldier's life that has been or will be written. [Hankins] gives in detail the most ludicrous events vividly as if a mature, gifted writer had kept a diary at the time, and his truly 'simple story' will create sympathetic interest. It is so devoid of bitterness that a man who served on the 'other side' . . . would...
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Overview


The camp, battle, and prison experiences of a common soldier. 

"The story is doubtless the most vivid record of a Confederate soldier's life that has been or will be written. [Hankins] gives in detail the most ludicrous events vividly as if a mature, gifted writer had kept a diary at the time, and his truly 'simple story' will create sympathetic interest. It is so devoid of bitterness that a man who served on the 'other side' . . . would sympathize with him in the hardships and privations of prison life and deplore that the government he served did not when it could render more humane service to him."--Confederate Veteran, 1912

John F. Marszalek is the retired William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State University and author of, among other works, Sherman: A Soldier's Passion for Order and The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House.
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"The story is doubtless the most vivid record of a Confederate soldier's life that has been or will be written. [Hankins] gives in detail the most ludicrous events vividly as if a mature, gifted writer had kept a diary at the time, and his truly 'simple story' will create sympathetic interest. It is so devoid of bitterness that a man who served on the 'other side' . . . would sympathize with him in the hardships and privations of prison life and deplore that the government he served did not when it could render more humane service to him."--Confederate Veteran, 1912
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Hankins's memoir of his four years as a Confederate soldier was considered among the best when originally released in 1912. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817351571
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Fire Ant Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction ix
Explanatory xvii
Simple Story of a Soldier 1
Index 75
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