There were many attempts to solve the problem of Slavery. We hear about him stuck in inclimate weather with no shelter and how many find their deaths this way. While not all truths may be discovered, my purpose here to is to understand the defenses in which the Confederates believed they were fighting for. It always the forefront of developing computing devices with the highest known level of technology of our time. Watkins' strikes me as grim, often cynical and angry, and his descriptions of combat are horrifying. Watkins pulls no punches in describing the privation and suffering of his comrades and the horrors of Civil War combat.
Gary, I've got Rhode's book on my desk right now. But in getting the best of the argument they called in all the people and wise men of other nations of the earth, and they, too, said that America had no cardinal points, and that the sun did not rise in the east and set in the west, and that the compass did not point either north or south. The snow and ice on the ground being packed by the soldiers tramping, the horses hitched to the artillery wagons were continually slipping and sliding and falling and wounding themselves and sometimes killing their riders. But the Yankees are advancing on Manassas. Sam Watkins of the First Tennessee Regiment known as The Maury Grays was one of two soldiers Burns used as exemplars of Rebel and Union enlisted men.
It was my first and last effort to eat dead rats. . But they soon found that secession was a bigger mouthful than they could swallow at one gobble. Tents, knapsacks and everything was left indiscriminately. The question has been long ago settled and is buried forever, never in this age or generation to be resurrected.
Every soldier had enough blankets, shirts, pants and old boots to last a year, and the empty bottles and jugs would have set up a first-class drug store. He fought at Chicamauga and Lookout Mountain and Atlanta and Nashville and Franklin, and numerous skirmishes all along. I had lost my appetite for dead rat. No sooner would we arrive at a place that seemed to be the top than another view of a higher, and yet higher mountain would rise before us. Watkins' story is filled with humor, tragedy, and every reflection in between.
I think part of what makes this a great read is that Sam wrote it twenty years after the war, as a middle-aged family man. But in the following pages I propose to tell of the fellows who did the shooting and killing, the fortifying and ditching, the sweeping of the streets, the drilling, the standing guard, picket and videt, and who drew or were to draw eleven dollars per month and rations, and also drew the ramrod and tore the cartridge. When those at the head of the water courses come out furiously mad, to coerce those in the direction that water courses run, and to make them take it back. Now, everybody knew at the time that it was but the idiosyncrasy of an unbalanced mind, and that the United States of America had no north, no south, no east, no west. What I thought would basically be a war journal, akin to All for the Union or Red Badge of Courage was so much more. My postings concerning Calvin Livesay who left a diary as well from the 63rd Virginia also reflect the level of comfort these men endured.
Secondly, slavery is noticeably absent. The North would be allowed a free state California , only if the South could get the Fugitive Slave Act. Indian artisans and merchants would move into these towns to do business and trade. Towards the end of the war, this ammounted to no more that press gangs. I did find it odd that he sometimes quotes speeches seemingly word for word with this faulty memory of his. This is a narrative, 20 years after the fact, written by a man who managed to be in all the great battles of the war, surviving four years of fighting for the Lost Cause his term.
Unlike the indifference many citizens felt during the Revolution, the people cheer on their soldiers, providing them with food and other necessities when they can. Authored by many renowned authors of their times, these books are a unique resource of knowledge and enrichment to be cherished forever. It is poignant; it is straightforward from a truly first-person perspective with historical corrections or notes made where Watkins remembers or understood things not as they actually were; it is humorous and witty; it is clearly definitive as to why the non-slave holding Southerner fought, and by what right they believed they could and should secede; it is sad. They retain sixty-seven percent shares of that company and the rest are publicly owned. In fact, my hand trembles so, and my feelings are so overcome, that it is hard for me to write at all. But I don't want to talk about this supremely distasteful aspect of army life -- gives me the blues.
The soldiers on this march got very much discouraged and disheartened. About the same time we were hailed from three Confederate officers, at full gallop right toward us, not to shoot. One side elected a captain by the name of Jeff Davis, and known as one-eyed Jeff, and a first lieutenant by the name of Aleck Stephens, commonly styled Smart Aleck. For many readers this tale opens up the lesser-known campaigns in Tennesee and Georgia. The heroism of some, the cruelty of others and the ineptitude of still others really put the war in perspective. He is a fellow that values life as sacred, and does not seem to enjoy or in some cases, even want to do the killing that soldiers must do. It fell so thick and fast that I got hot.
Watkins wrote this book near his death in his eighties, long after he fought with the confederate army of the tennesee through four years and all of it's major campaigns. I cannot tell the facts as I desire to. Culture consists of group norms of behavior and the underlying shared values that help keep those norms in place Nelson, 2013. He was dressed in blue cottonade and looked like some good boy's grandpa. He expresses a deeper understanding of the and bigger picture than he would have if he had grown up in a poor household.