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Company Aytch is a Civil War memoir told from the point of view of an ordinary foot soldier in an often times witty manner Sam Watkins was a 21-year-old private in the Confederate Army from Tennessee Watkins writes from his first-hand accounts and recollections after the fact talking of famous battlefields such as Shiloh and Chickamauga and even on his encounters with men so historical to almost be mythological like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee Watkins does not only tell us of the major events in his life but also of the things that were often left out of historical descriptions The tediousness of marches seeing your enemy eye-to-eye feeling a rush of emotions as youre watching fellow soldiers die all around youThis book offers what has been called a rare and exhilarating glimpse in to the Civil War from the eyes of someone who was right there in the thick of it First published serially in The Columbia TN Herald Watkins held nothing back in his descriptions of exactly what he went through fighting through some of the most difficult battles of the Civil War He was wounded not once but three times and was one of only 7 survivors to return out of the 120 men whom he enlisted with Often times his stories are very heartfelt and full of emotion When he talks about people being injured or killed you can almost see the tears staining the page he was writing on Other times like the story about refusing butter from a lady you can just hear the laughter in his wordsThe chapters are broken up into anecdotal stories or by certain areas where noted battles took place Watkins tells you that if you want the history of a certain battle and the strategy movements etc then you should consult history and that he is just there to tell the experience of the private soldier This is what was
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