Samuel R. (Samuel Rush) Watkins.

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CO. AYTCH,"



MAURY GRAYS,



hm Tennessee Regiment;



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A SIDE SHOW OF THE BIG SHOW,



By SAM. R. VV ATKINS,
COLUMBIA, TENN.



" Quaeque ipse miserinia vidi,
Et quorum pars magna fui."




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NASHVILLE, TENN.:

CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING HOUSE.
1882.



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Knternl aocdiiling to Act of Congress, in the year 1S82, by

AIRS. VIRGINIA J. WATKINS,

in tilt' office of tlic Libnirian of Congress, at Washington.



to the memory
of my dead
comrades of the
Maury Grays,
AND THE First Tennessee Eegiment, who

DIED IN DEFENSE OP SOUTHERN HOMES AND
LIBERTIES ; ALSO TO MY LIVING COMRADES,
NEARLY ALL OP
WHOM SHED
THEIR BLOOD IN
DEFENSE OF THE
SAME CAUSE, THIS
BOOK IS RES-
PECTFULLY DED-
ICATED BY THE
AUTHOR.



PREFACE.



" Co. Aytch." — This week's Herald contains the last number

of " Co. Aytch " that will be published in the paper

. . . . The Generals, and President, and Vice-President, and
other high officials have j^ublished their accounts of the war, but
Sara Watkins is the first high private who has written up tlie
common soldier side of the matter. In big, gilt-edge books, the
General, the President, and the Vice-President, tell about their
plans, their battles, their retreats, their measures, and their ideas,
and not a word about what the poor, sore-footed, hungry, and
naked soldier felt. In " Co. Aytch," we see the old " webfoot,"
dressed in a dirty, greasy, gray suit — or rather non-suit — a cotton
blanket thrown across his shoulder, and fastened under his car-
tridge-box belt ; a greas}^, dirty haversack hanging down — very
thin and flabby; with shoes of untanned leather. There he goes,
footsore, tired, and hungry, but chipper and sassy, and ready for
the battle. In " Co. Ayteh " we see this same " webfoot " in camp,
cooking his rations — corn meal bread, corn meal coffee, corn meal
soup, blue beef, with not an eye of grease on it. He lies down on
the cold ground, in an old thin blanket, and shivers through the
night. In '' Co. Aytch," we hear this " webfoot "' talking to his
comrades, cheering their drooping spirits, discussing the situation,
defending the General, hoping for final victory, and a glorious re-
turn home to father, mother, and sweetheart. In " Co. Aj'tch " we
see this same " webfoot," hungry, ragged, dirty, and footsore, "on
the battle's perilous edge," the light of victory in his eye, a gun
with a gleaming bayonet in his hands, springing forward like a
deer, a ringing shout upon his lips, rushing up to the breastworks,
behind which belch Napoleon guns and volleys of musketry ; see
him cross the ahattis at a bound ; see him as he stands upon the
enemy's ramparts, shouting victory ! In " Co. Aytch " we see this
same " webfoot " shot down by a minnie ball, and lying cold and
stark in death, and thrown into a common shallow grave, unhon-
ored, unknown, and unsung, far away from fond loved ones. In
" Co. Aytch " we see other soldiers, driven by hunger, stealing
hogs, others deserting and going home. All this we see in " Co.
Aytch." Every old soldier, and every son of an old soldier, should
have a copy of it. — Columbia Herald.



CONTENTS.



CHAPTER I.— Ap'l 14, 18G1, v. Ap'l 14, 1882.

We are one and undivided 9

The bloody eliasm 11

Eighteen hundred and sixty-one 12

Canip Cheatliaui l'>

On the road 15

Staunton 10

Warm Springs 17

Cheat Mountain 20

Sewell Mountain 21

Roiiiney 21-i

Standing picket on the I'otoniae 25

Sih wart /.and I'tifer 27

The eourt-niartial 28

The death wateli 29

Virginia, farewell 30

CHAPTER n.— SniLOii.

Shiloh 32

CHAPTER III.— CoiUNTU.

Corinth :«

Rowland shot to death 41

Killing a Yankee sharpshooter 42

Colonel Field 43

Captain .)oe P. Lee 44

Corintli forsaken 45



CHAPTER IV,

Tui)el



-TLTI'ELO.



Tlie eourt-martial at Tupelo 47

Raiding on roastingears 48



CHAPTER v.— Kkntucky.

We go into Kentucky

Tlie battle of PeiTvville

Tlie retreat out of Kentucky.

Knoxville

Ah, Sneak

I line the cavalry



CHAPTER VI.— MURFREESBORO.

Murfreesboro

Battle of Murfreebboro

Robbing a dead Yankee



CHAPTER VII.— Shelbyville.

Shelby ville

A foot race

Eating mussels

Poor I5erry Morgan

Wriglit shut to death with musketry.

Dave Sublett promoted

Down Duck river in a eanoe

Shineral Owledowskv



CHAPTER VIII.— Chattanooga.

Back to Chattanooga

Am visited by my father

Out a larking

Hanging two spies

Eating rats

Swimming the Tenn. with roastingears

Am detailed to go foraging

Please pass the butter

We evacuate Chattanooga

The bull of the woods

The wing of the "Angel of Death "



CHAPTER IX.-CiilcKAMAiuA.

Battle of Chickamauga 45

After tlie battle " %

A night among the dead 97

CHAPTER X.— Missionary Ridgk.

Missionary Ridge


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