Company Aytch; Or, a Side Show of the Big Show is the personal memoir of American Civil War veteran Samuel “Sam” Rush Watkins. Often heralded as one of the most reliable and informative primary sources on the Civil War, Watkins describes his experiences during his service as an infantryman in the Confederate Army. In the early days of the war, Watkins enlisted in the Tennessee Infantry and served through the duration of the conflict, participating in many battles, including ones in Atlanta, Jonesboro, and Nashville. Profoundly, Watkins was one of only sixty-five men from the First Tennessee infantry, which recruited over three thousand men, to survive the war. Widely studied by Civil War historians, Company Aytch is valued for its portrayal of the experience of the common soldier.
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About the Author
Samuel Rush Watkins was a southern American and soldier in the Confederate army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) who is best-known for his memoir, Company Aytch: Or, a Side Show of the Big Show, in which he documented the events of the Civil War from a common soldier’s perspective. Watkins enlisted in the Confederate Army at the outbreak of war in 1861, and participated in battles at Shiloh, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Jonesboro, among many others, before surrendering to General William T. Sherman in 1865. Little is known about Watkins’s life after the end of the war, although he is known to have died in 1901 and was buried with full military honours.
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This highly readable personal memoir has a special touch of folksy that's just right to set the mood for a winter night's read by the fire. You feel as if you are right there with him in camp, in the thickets, and on the march. I can't recommend it highly enough. Quick, easy read with a great nineteenth century feel.