From the Back Cover
"Samuel Rush Watkins was a private in the Confederate Army, a twenty-one-year-old Southerner from Tennessee who knew about war but had never experienced it firsthand."--BOOK JACKET. "With the immediacy of a dispatch from the front lines, here are Watkins' firsthand observations and recollections, from combat on the battlefields of Shiloh ("On Sunday morning, the order was given for the whole army to advance, and to attack immediately. The fire opened - a ripping, roaring boom, bang!") and Chickamauga ("We debouched through the woods, firing as we marched. The Yankee line was about two hundred yards off. In ten minutes we were face to face with the foe") to encounters with Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, from the tedium of grueling marches to the terror of fellow soldiers' deaths, from breaking bread with a Georgia family to confronting the enemy eye to eye."--BOOK JACKET.
About the Author
Samuel Rush Watkins was a southern American and soldier in the Confederate army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) who is best-known for his memoir, Company Aytch: Or, a Side Show of the Big Show, in which he documented the events of the Civil War from a common soldier s perspective. Watkins enlisted in the Confederate Army at the outbreak of war in 1861, and participated in battles at Shiloh, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Jonesboro, among many others, before surrendering to General William T. Sherman in 1865. Little is known about Watkins s life after the end of the war, although he is known to have died in 1901 and was buried with full military honours.
M. Thomas Inge is the Robert Emory Blackwell Professor of Humanities at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where he teaches, edits, and writes about Southern literature and culture, American humor and comic art, film and animation, Asian literature, and William Faulkner. Recent publications include Will Eisner: Conversations, Southern Frontier Humor: An Anthology, a volume in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Literature, and William Faulkner: Overlook Illustrated Lives.