The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 254
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The fame of "Stonewall" Jackson assumes greater proportions
when one realizes that to gain the confidence of his army he had
to overcome such obstacles as an aloof personality and curt speech.
At first the men did not like him at all; they blamed him for
everything, even the cold weather. When he rode past the column
of march, the soldiers would call out loud enough for him to
hear, "fool Tom Jackson."
From the valley of Virginia the regiment went south in time
for the battle of Shiloh. About all that Watkins remembers about
the battle were the commands: "close up," "guide right," "halt,"
and "forward march." Other battles the regiment participated
in included Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Atlanta.
The Confederate Conscription Act was tremendously unpopular
with the men. The soldiers felt that the act provided for a rich
man's war and a poor man's fight. Staff officers were unpopular
then as now; men called them "yaller dogs" and would whistle
as if they were calling dogs when staff officers came near.
Justice appears to have been harsh. Included in the penalty on
being convicted of desertion was to have the head shaved, receive
thirty-nine lashes on the bare back, and be branded with a "D"
on both hips. Some officers would require their commands to
Throughout the book Watkins shows admiration for his regi-
mental commander, Colonel Field. Watkins mentions that once
when his father visited him in camp, he was ashamed to have him
dine with his mess as it was subsisting at the time on parched
corn. Watkins asked if the father could dine with the colonel,
thinking that would assure a good meal. The colonel graciously
consented and also invited the son. To the surprise of Watkins,
the waiter brought out the one and only course of the dinner,
A total of 3200 men served in the Ist Tennessee Regiment dur-
ing the four years of the war. At the surrender sixty-five officers
and men laid down their arms. Watkins does not see glamour
and glory in the conflict. On the contrary, he sees death, hardship,
and pain. When the final fight was over, Watkins remarked that
"it was indeed a sad sight to look at, the old Ist Tennessee
The book makes interesting reading; it gives the Civil War
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