Co. Aytch: a side show of the big show

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Simon & Schuster, Aug 12, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Early in May 1861, twenty-one-year-old Sam R. Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, joined the First Tennessee Regiment, Company H, to fight for the Confederacy. Of the 120 original recruits in his company, Watkins was one of only seven to survive every one of its battles, from Shiloh to Nashville. Twenty years later, with a "house full of young 'rebels' clustering around my knees and bumping about my elbows, " he wrote this remarkable account of "Co. Aytch" - its common foot soldiers, its commanders, its Yankeee enemies, its victories and defeats, and its ultimate surrender on April 26, 1865.

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Review: Co. Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War

User Review  - Peter Harrington - Goodreads

Great book and a must read for anyone who wishes to know more facts over fiction regarding the Civil War. This book was written from the perspective of a private who was in the Confederate Army. You ... Read full review

Review: Co. Aytch: A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I truly could never imagine the pain and chaos of being a soldier, especially during the Civil War, and Sam Watkins reminisces with such insight into his experience that it makes you feel connected to him. Very good. Highly recommended. Read full review

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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.

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