Company Aytch (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Nov 1, 1999 - History - 304 pages
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Among the plethora of books about the Civil War Company Aytch stands out for its uniquely personal view of the events as related by a most engaging writer--a man with Twain-like talents who served as a foot soldier for four long years in the Confederate army. Originally published in 1881 as a series of articles in the Columbia, Tennessee, Herald, Sam Watkins's account has long been recognized by historians as one of the most lively and witty accounts of the war. Parallels between this text and The Red Badge of Courage suggest that Stephen Crane was also among Private Watkins's readers. This edition of Company Aytch also contains six previously uncollected articles by Sam Watkins, plus other valuable supplementary materials, including a map and period illustrations, a glossary of technical and military terms, a chronology of events, a concise history of Watkins's regiment, a biographical directory of individuals mentioned in the narrative, and geographic and topical indexes. This new edition of a Civil War classic is bound to become the edition of choice for students, military buffs, and general readers alike.
  

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Contents

WE ARE ONE AND UNDIVIDED
THE BLOODY CHASM
EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND SIXTYONE
CAMP CHEATHAM
ON THE ROAD
STAUNTON
WARM SPRINGS VIRGINIA
CHEAT MOUNTAIN
DR C T QUINTARD
TARGET SHOOTING
UNCLE ZACK AND AUNT DAPHNE
RED TAPE
I GET A FURLOUGH
ROCKY FACE RIDGE
FALLING BACK
BATTLE OF RESACCA

SEWELL MOUNTAIN
ROMNEY
STANDING PICKET ON THE POTOMAC
SCHWARTZ AND PFIFER
THE COURTMARTIAL
THE DEATH WATCH
VIRGINIA FAREWELL
SHILOH
CORINTH
ROWLAND SHOT TO DEATH
KILLING A YANKEE SHARPSHOOTER
COLONEL FIELD
CAPTAIN JOE P LEE
TUPELO
RAIDING ON ROASTINGEARS
WE GO INTO KENTUCKY
THE BATTLE OF PERRYVILLE
THE RETREAT OUT OF KENTUCKY
KNOXVILLE
AH SNEAK
MURFREESBORO
BATTLE AT MURFREESBORO
ROBBING A DEAD YANKEE
SHELBYVILLE
EATING MUSSELS
POOR BERRY MORGAN
DAVE SUBLETT PROMOTED
DOWN DUCK RIVER IN A CANOE
SHENERAL OWLEYDOUSKY
BACK TO CHATTANOOGA
OUT A LARKING
HANGING TWO SPIES
EATING RATS
AM DETAILED TO GO FORAGING
PLEASE PASS THE BUTTER
WE EVACUATE CHATTANOOGA
THE BULL OF THE WOODS
PRESENTIMENT OR THE WING OF THE ANGEL OF DEATH
BATTLE OF CHICKAMAUGA
AFTER THE BATTLE
A NIGHT AMONG THE DEAD
MISSIONARY RIDGE
SERGEANT TUCKER AND GENERAL WILDER
BATTLE OF MISSIONARY RIDGE
GOODBYE TOM WEBB
CHICKAMAUGA STATION
THE BATTLE OF CAT CREEK
RINGGOLD GAP
GENERAL JOSEPH E JOHNSTON
COMMISSARIES
SHOOTING A DESERTER
ADAIRSVILLEOCTAGON HOUSETHE FIRST TENNESSEE ALWAYS OCCUPIES TIGHT PLACES
KENNESAW LINE
PINE MOUNTAINDEATH OF GENERAL LEONIDAS POLK
DEAD ANGLE
BATTLE OF NEW HOPE CHURCH
BATTLE OF DALLASBRECKENRIDGE CHARGES THE HEIGHTS
BATTLE OF ZION CHURCH JULY 4TH 1864
KINGSTON
ON THE BANKS OF THE CHATTAHOOCHEE
GENERAL HOOD TAKES COMMAND
HOOD STRIKES
AN OLD CITIZEN
MY FRIENDS
A BODY WITHOUT LIMBSAN ARMY WITHOUT CAVALRY
THE ATTACK
AM PROMOTED
THE HOSPITAL
THE CAPITOL
AM ARRESTED
THOSE GIRLS
THE BRAVE CAPTAIN
HOW I GET BACK TO ATLANTA
DEATH OF TOM TUCKS ROOSTER
OLD JOE BROWNS PETS
WE GO AFTER STONEMAN
BELLUM LETHALE
THE SCOUT AND DEATH OF A YANKEE LIEUTENANT
ATLANTA FORSAKEN
THE BATTLE OF JONESBORO
DEATH OF LIEUTENANT JOHN WHITTAKER
THEN COMES THE FARCE
PALMETTO
JEFF DAVIS MAKES A SPEECH
A SCOUT
WHAT IS THIS REBEL DOING HERE?
LOOK OUT BOYS
AM CAPTURED
GENERAL HOOD MAKES A FLANK MOVEMENT
WE CAPTURE DALTON
TUSCUMBIA
COLUMBIA
A FIASCO
NASHVILLE
THE LAST ACT OF THE DRAMA
ADIEU
REMINISCENCES OF HOODS TENNESSEE CAMPAIGN
SNOW BATTLE AT DALTONLITTLE JIMMIE WHITE
BATTLE NEAR ADAIRSVILLE
A GAMBLER AT CARDS IN DALTON
DEAD ANGLE ON THE KENNESAW LINE
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About the author (1999)

Samuel R. Watkins was born on June 26, 1839 near Columbia, Tennessee. He enlisted into the First Tennessee Infantry, Company H (the "Maury Grays") at the beginning of the Civil War. Upon surrender, Watkins was one out of only seven men remaining from the 120 originally enlisted in his regiment. Sam was encouraged by friends and family to write down his memories. They were first published as a newspaper series and then finally published in book form in 1882. It was almost immediately hailed as an important Civil War work. After the war, Sam married his sweetheart Jennie, and they raised three children. Sam Watkins died on July 20, 1901, at the age of sixty-two.

M. Thomas Inge, Ashland, Virginia, is Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of the Humanities at Randolph-Macon College. He has edited over forty volumes, including Charles M. Schulz's "My Life with Charlie Brown"; "Charles M. Schulz: Conversations"; "Conversations with William Faulkner", and others published by UPM. Inge is general editor of two series, Conversations with Comic Artists and Great Comics Artists, both published by University Press of Mississippi.

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