- Publisher: Zenger Pub (June 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892011076
- ISBN-13: 978-0892011070
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,061,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
William Fletcher joined the Confederate Army in 1861. He served with the Army of Northern Virginia's elite Texas Brigade until the Battle of Chickamauga. Unable to march because of wounds, he transferred to the cavalry and finished the war with the Texas Rangers, then wrote his memoirs 40 years later. Most of the original copies were destroyed in a fire. The current edition presents unvarnished images of hard marches, short rations and battles in which being wounded could prove worse than being killed. Fletcher describes the horrors of being a Civil War casualty as vividly as any firsthand account from either side. The author emerges from these pages as fighting less for a cause than for his own pride in being a good soldier. His narrative does more than many learned monographs to explain the Confederacy's long endurance against overwhelming odds.
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"A neat tale of suspense
an admirable piece of Americana."
"Gives the best account I know of.
This Confederate Soldier shows his devotion to the truth by limiting his narrative to what he saw with his own eyes."
"He was the G.I. Joe of the confederate amy.
He wrote so honestly, casually, and dramatically that no one who pretends to understand the Irresponsible Conflict can neglect reading this book."
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Top Customer Reviews
The author participated in many battles through the whole war and gives careful description of the places and the action he saw. I consider the book a testimony of history and bravery.
It is not a five stars for me because it comes to an abrupt end and the last chapter has not much to do with the rest of the book.
Overall, a must read it for everyone interested in this part of the American history and in war subjects.
without a lot of day to day details of a soldier's life. I did find it very interesting. The author had, I think, a different
"take", and probably gives a more honest view of the war and the fighting than did most of his contemporary authors.
I personally really enjoyed his discussion of the attack by Hood's Brigade on the second day at Gettysburg at Little Round
Top. He said that when they got to the base of the hill, it was so steep that a mountain goat would have had difficulty
climbing it! When I visited the Gettysburg Battlefield and walked to that spot, I completely agreed with him.