Sam Watkins's memoir Co. Aytch has long been a classic of Civil War literature, and this new edition only makes it more so. His revisions and additions enhance and refine his story. Some of them are pointed, others hilarious, but they all add depth to one of the must-read soldier narratives of that conflict. --William C. Davis, Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech
Sam's tender memories of those far from halcyon days of his youth, come alive more clearly than they ever have before. His bird's eye view of a soldier's life and his sense of fairness and goodness in a time when little of either were to be found, coupled with his almost Forrest Gumpian ability to be in the right place at the right time has drawn historians, scholars and boy soldiers, like myself, to his tales for over century. All of us, alike, have something to celebrate in the publication of this edition of Co. Aytch with Sam's own revisions. --Robert Hicks, author, The Widow of the South
About the Author
Ruth Hill Fulton McAllister is Sam Watkins's great granddaughter. She earned a bachelor's degree in history from Vanderbilt University. After earning her degree, Ruth Hill taught high-school history and government in LaFayette, Georgia, before serving as a staff member for Campus Crusade for Christ in Atlanta. She is currently assistant producer of the syndicated call-in radio show Dawson McAllister Live. Ruth Hill and her husband, Dawson, live in Columbia, Tennessee, and have two sons. Ruth Hill's grandmother was Louisa Watkins Fulton, Sam's daughter. It is her great pleasure to make her great grandfather's dream come true.