The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954

Book Reviews

Rich in illustrative material from the manuscript and news-
paper sources of the period, these three chapters (which were the
Walter Lynwood Fleming lectures of 1952 at Louisiana State
University) give fresh vitality and historical meaning to these
prerevolutionary cultural areas in the southern colonies. The
myths are dispelled because the realities are reinforced by his-
torical evidence gleaned not only from southern sources but from
records of the other colonies for comparative purposes. Mr.
Bridenbaugh has provided an attractive inducement for further
work in the colonial period of the region which, some time later,
became the South, a geographical and cultural expression, with
southern accent and numerous other inseparable attributes.
LESTER J. CAPPON
Institute of Early American
History and Culture
"CO. AYTCH," Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment, or
A Side Show of the Big Show by Sam R. Watkins. By Bell
Irving Wiley. Jackson, Tennessee (McCowat-Mercer Press,
Inc.), 1953. Pp. 231. $5.00.
"Co. Aytch" is the recollections of Sam R. Watkins, a private
in the 1st Tennessee Regiment of the Confederate Army. The
recollections were first written about 188o and were published
serially in the Columbia (Tennessee) Herald in 1881-1882. The
first edition of two thousand copies was published in 1882; a
second edition was published by the Chattanooga Times in 19oo.
Bell Irvin Wiley, well known for his Life of Billy Yank and Life
of Johnny Reb, is responsible for the new edition of the Watkins'
recollections.
Man has always been-and even in this Atomic Age continues
to be-the chief instrument of warfare. No study of a campaign
or war can be complete without a study of the men who par-
ticipated in it. That is exactly what this book is-a study of the
soldiers of the Confederate Army. Watkins, a close observer, gives
the history of the poor, sore-footed, hungry, and naked soldier
of the 1st Tennessee Regiment from its organization on April 14,
1861, until the final surrender on April 26, 1865.
The author's organization joined "Stonewall" Jackson in 1861
and took part in the campaign in what is now West Virginia.

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