The Story of a Confederate Boy in the Civil War

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Glass & Prudhomme Company, 1914 - Soldiers - 379 pages
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This is exceptionally well written book by a surviving Confederate soldier. Reading it, you feel you are living it. It's not just an account of battles or lists of men. Instead, you feel you are with this writer as he marches down a hot, dry, dusty road, sweaty & thirsty. You feel the lice crawl under your jacket collar. You understand the need to fight & win, because you just yearn to go home. You feel the monotony, the confusion, the fear, the misery, the pride. What a great view into what the writer calls this "horrid game of death" of 150 years ago.  

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After reviewing this book on this site, I am THRILLED to find a photo of Rev. J. Tyler Frazier, a brother to my GGGrandmother, Amanda Melvina Frazier Rogers, whose portrait hangs in my home. I am purchasing the book right now....and cannot wait to sit down and read it from cover to cover. Jane Crutchfield, Belchertown, Massachusetts. 

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Page 340 - Every officer, or clerk, or employe' was required, on penalty of dismission for refusal, to swear that he "will support, protect and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States against all enemies, whether domestic or foreign, and bear true faith, allegiance and loyalty to the same, any ordinance, resolution or law of any State, convention or legislature to the contrary notwithstanding ; and further, that I do this with a full determination, pledge and purpose, without any mental...
Page 269 - GENERAL : I take great pleasure in presenting to you my congratulations upon the conduct of the men of your corps. I believe that they will carry anything they are put against. We tried very hard to stop Pickett's men from capturing the breastworks of the enemy, but could not do it.
Page 340 - I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States, against all enemies, whether domestic or foreign, and that I will bear true faith, allegiance, and loyalty to the same, any ordinance, resolution, or law of any State, Convention, or Legislature, to the contrary notwithstanding ; and further, that I do this with a full determination, pledge, and purpose, without any mental reservation or evasion whatsoever ; and further, that I will well and faithfully perform...
Page 354 - Yankees), when their thin lines sent back opposing hosts of Federal troops, staggering, reeling, and flying, have often thrilled every fibre in my heart. I have seen, with my own eyes, ragged, barefooted and hungry Confederate soldiers perform deeds, which, if performed in days of yore by mailed warriors in glittering armor, would have inspired the harp of the minstrel and the pen of the poet.
Page 209 - Garnett killed or wounded, every field officer of the three brigades gone, three-fourths of his men killed or captured, himself untouched, but brokenhearted, gave the order for retreat, but, band of heroes as they were, they fled not; but amidst that still continuous, terrible fire, they slowly, sullenly recrossed the plain — all that was left of them, but few of five thousand.
Page 353 - ... had always been superior to that of the rebels, as was also our infantry, except in discipline; and that, for reasons not necessary to mention, never did equal Lee's army. With a rank and file vastly inferior to our own, intellectually and physically, that army has, by discipline alone, acquired a character for steadiness and efficiency unsurpassed, in my judgment, in ancient or modern times. We have not been able to rival it, nor has there been any near approximation to it in the other rebel...
Page 205 - Up, men, and to your posts! Don't forget today that you are from Old Virginia.
Page 354 - I believe that the world has never produced a body of men superior in courage, patriotism and endurance to the private soldiers of the Confederate armies. "I have repeatedly seen those soldiers submit, with cheerfulness, to privations and hardships which would appear to be almost incredible ; and the wild cheers of our brave men (which were so different...
Page 357 - In the solemn shades of the wood that swept The field where his comrades found him, They buried him there — and the big tears crept Into strong men's eyes that had seldom wept (His mother — God pity her — smiled and slept, Dreaming her arms were around him).
Page 318 - ... army, but no force came to guard his right. The reinforcements joined him after night, when his battle had been lost and his command disorganized. The cavalry of his left was in neglect in failing to report the advance of the enemy, but that was not for want of proper orders from his head-quarters. Though taken by surprise, there was no panic in any part of the command; brigade after brigade changed front to the left and received the overwhelming battle as it rolled on, until crushed back...

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