Co. "Aytch," First Tennessee Regiment

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Providence House Publishers, 2007 - History - 294 pages
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The classic Co. Aytch has reigned as one of the most memorable and honest depictions of the American Civil War since its original publication in 1882. Sam R. Watkins┐s first-hand account of life as a Confederate soldier eloquently captured the realities of war, the humor and pathos of soldiering, and the tragic, historic events in which he participated. Although there have been dozens of versions of Co. Aytch published, this is the first with new material and revisions by Sam Watkins himself. Intending to republish after his first edition sold out, Watkins edited and revised Co. Aytch, adding a new perspective that only came with time. He died before accomplishing his goal. Now more than one hundred years later, Watkins┐s great granddaughter, Ruth Hill Fulton McAllister is fulfilling Watkins┐s dream. Using his yellowed, aged, and pencil-marked copy handed down through different family members, McAllister has crafted a masterpiece that combines the ageless text with Sam Watkins┐s intended revisions. This new edition incorporates actual images of Watkins┐s handwritten additions, all his desired editorial changes, and more than forty images. Desiring to be true to both her ancestor┐s wishes and the sanctity of his classic memoir, McAllister skillfully included Watkins┐s additions and artfully indicated what he would have omitted, leaving the original text intact. The result is a rich, expanded "director┐s cut" version of Co. Aytch, sure to fascinate historians, Civil War enthusiasts, and new readers alike.

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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. Ruth Hill Fulton McAllister is Sam Watkinss great granddaughter. She earned a bachelors degree in history from Vanderbilt University. After earning her degree, Ruth taught high-school history and government in LaFayette, Georgia, where she served as a staff member for Campus Crusade for Christ. She is currently assistant producer of the syndicated call-in radio show "Dawson McAllister Live." Ruth and her husband, Dawson, live in Columbia, Tennessee, and have two sons. Ruths grandmother was Louisa Watkins Fulton, Sams daughter. It is her great pleasure to make her great grandfathers dream come true.

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