Tag Archives: Sam Watkins

On The March: A Few Notes on Shoes & Boots

Since the new blog series focuses on marching, I’ve been thinking about shoes and other footwear for the past week. Here are a few notes and primary source excerpts that might be helpful to keep in mind as the discussion … Continue reading

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The Romney Expedition: Stonewall Observed

Part 2 of a series How did Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson experience the cold and storms during the Romney Expedition? Did it contrast with the experiences of his men? What did they observe in their leader? This post shares … Continue reading

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Civil War Cooking: Sam Watkin’s Farm House Dinner

In the autumn of 1863, Private Sam Watkin in Company “Aytch” of the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment got sent on a foraging mission into the countryside of Georgia to bring back food. Somewhere along the way, he got a memorable … Continue reading

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Under Fire: “A Scene of Consternation and Confusion” according to Sam Watkins

On July 21, 1861, Sam Watkins of “Co. Aytch” in the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment sat on a train “a hundred miles” from the fight along Bull Run Creek near Manassas. In fact, the locomotive pulled his regiment into Manassas … Continue reading

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Sam Watkins on the Romney Campaign

While Sam Watkins is best known as one of the most readable chroniclers of the war in the Western Theater, most folks forget his unit served with Stonewall Jackson during the last months of 1861 and into 1862. In the … Continue reading

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Looking Back: Battle of Franklin

This year Lee White’s book on the Battle of Franklin – Let Us Die Like Men – joined the ECW series. There is also a collection of the blog posts from past years about the battle. However, on the 155th … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: All for the Union and Company Aytch, For Example

When asked about ideas concerning primary sources that might be recommended to ECW readers, it did not take me more than a second to exclaim, “All for the Union!” This book—the Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes—was … Continue reading

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The Dead Angle

“The Dead Angle,” from Sam Watkins’ Co. Aytch, Chapter XII: The First and Twenty-seventh Tennessee Regiments will ever remember the battle of “Dead Angle,” which was fought June 27th, on the Kennesaw line, near Marietta, Georgia. It was one of … Continue reading

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Wood-Choppers Along the Kennesaw Line

“The battles of the Kennesaw line were fought for weeks. Cannonading and musketry firing was one continual thing. It seemed that shooting was the order of the day, and pickets on both sides kept up a continual firing, that sounded … Continue reading

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“The Great Winter Battles” of the Army of Tennessee

Yesterday, Kris White wrote about some of the great winter battles of the Army of Northern Virginia. That called to mind an account from Sam Watkins of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which wintered in Dalton, Georgia “during the cold, … Continue reading

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