Co. Aytch : The Classic Memoir of the Civil War By a Confederate Soldier

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In this classic memoir of the Civil War, Confederate soldier Sam R. Watkins balances the horror of war with an irrepressible sense of humor and sharp eye for the lighter side of battle.

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Samuel R. Watkins was born on June 26, 1839, near Columbia, Tennessee. He enlisted in the First Tennessee Infantry, Company H, 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. First run as a newspaper series, his memoirs were put into book form in 1882 and almost immediately hailed as an important Civil War work.

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Sam Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, (who was featured in Ken Burns's The Civil War) served in the First Tennessee Regiment. He participated in every march and engagement of this unit from 1861 until his unit surrendered with less than ten percent of its original strength in 1865. Twenty years after, he penned his memoirs of service in Company H. Anyone who wishes to hear a Southern view of why they fought should hear Watkins. Bottino's reading is clear and straightforward. However, the reader does not have a Southern accent, and often his neutral reading does not correspond to certain Southern ways of speaking. Still, this work is moving and always fascinating because it is a great text penned by a man who has seen the spectrum of human cruelty, horror and kindness. M.T.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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