Got another new book

Actually this one was a belated Xmas present from my brother – who is aware of my P:CW.  It’s called “Company Aytch” by Sam Watkins.  I did see it on a couple “top 50/top 10/top 100 books on the Civil War” lists on the internet, so it is apparently well-liked.  Not sure what month I’ll read it in for 2010’s “project” – maybe March…

Following is the blurb about the book on

Company Aytch is one of my favorite Civil War books, ever.”–Ken Burns

Among the plethora of books about the Civil War Company Aytch stands out for its uniquely personal view of the events as related by a most engaging writer–a man with Twain-like talents who served as a foot soldier for four long years in the Confederate army. Originally published in 1881 as a series of articles in the Columbia, Tennessee, Herald, Sam Watkins’s account has long been recognized by historians as one of the most lively and witty accounts of the war. Parallels between this text and The Red Badge of Courage suggest that Stephen Crane was also among Private Watkins’s readers.


  1. February 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I think that The Red Badge of Courage is the only book I have read about the Civil War.

    Now you’ve got me thinking there must be a lot more to find out….


  2. stentorpub said,

    February 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for your comment. I read The Red Badge of Courage years ago. Yesterday, I was reading the intro to “Company Aytch” where it is presumed that Stephen Crane must’ve read “Company Aytch” as well, pointing out the similarities of several passages. Interesting.

    And yes, there is an awful lot of worthy literature and history on the Civil War available “out there.” it’s made selecting just 12 books for my project quite a challenge.


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