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I read this book while researching my ancestor who was a private along with his brother and brother-in-law, fighting in the South Carolina First Regiment of Rifles (aka Orr's rifles) They were one of the 5 regiments in this brigade. (Orr's, 1st SC Infantry, 12th SC, 13th SC and 14thSC Infantry Regiments ) The author, JFJ Caldwell was a Lieutenant in the 1st South Carolina Infantry Regiment and served as an aide-de-camp to General McGowan so I imagine he submitted battle reports to Richmond which was probably the basis of this book. In addition to intricate details about battle field maneuvers and the day to day life of Confederate soldiers, Caldwell also goes into great detail naming which officers were killed an wounded in each battle and he includes personal stories about each of them , including what he knew of them or learned about their lives before and during the war .
The biggest surprise to me was how well organized the Army of Northern Virginia was -and this book is another testament to Robert E Lee's skill as a commander. It is an amazing report of 3 years with moments of terror, moments of glory and extreme hardship. A must read for any fan of history and any descendant of a Civil War Soldier.
Fascinating story from an eyewitness. Not only what the brigade did and what battles they fought, but what it looked like, felt like, and more from the man on the front lines. Captivating. Not hard to read. Recommended, especially if love history, wars, or the War of Northern Aggression. (Hey, if you're a Yankee, it will give you a good idea of what the southern boys were doing. It's a pretty good read, so don't turn it down:)You'll enjoy it. It takes you to where you can smell the sharp bite of gunpowder and see the shells raining down over your head. Amazing.