Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) George Skoch

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Published: February 12th 2003

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Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series)  by  George Skoch

Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the Fifth Texas Infantry (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) by George Skoch
February 12th 2003 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 192 pages | ISBN: | 7.56 Mb

Only eighteen years old when he marched off to war, young Confederate Robert Campbell already possessed the keen, perceptive eye of a seasoned journalist. After fighting with the 5th Texas Infantry Regiment in the famed Hoods Texas Brigade, CampbellMoreOnly eighteen years old when he marched off to war, young Confederate Robert Campbell already possessed the keen, perceptive eye of a seasoned journalist. After fighting with the 5th Texas Infantry Regiment in the famed Hoods Texas Brigade, Campbell recorded the first months of his service for the benefit of future generations of his family.

Now editors George Skoch and Mark W. Perkins bring Campbells riveting eyewitness accounts from the frontline to the public in Lone Star Confederate: A Gallant and Good Soldier of the 5th Texas Infantry, a lively and telling glimpse into a Johnny Rebs life. This young Confederates tale of battle begins with his introduction to the unit in Virginia and continues through to his furlough home after he suffers a serious battle wound at Second Manassas. Among the thousands who served in what arguably was the most renowned combat unit in the Southern army, Hoods Texas Brigade, Campbell holds the dubious distinction of being the most wounded man, sustaining six wounds during the course of the war.

Campbell praises Southern women who cared for soldiers along the railroad line from Richmond to Montgomery and recalls eating ten ears of green corn after three days of short rations and a hard day of fighting. He recounts falling asleep on picket duty despite the fear of punishment by death, and describes being under cannon fire and suffering a painful leg injury.

The terrible conditions of battle -- eating and sleeping too little, marching and drilling too much, cleaning weapons and standing watch in the rain and cold -- are vividly real under Campbells pen, which also praises his leaders, Lee, Jackson, and other Confederate officers. Skoch and Perkins have supplemented the record of Campbells wartime service with his letters written during and after the war. His remarkable firsthand account of life in the 5th Texas will find a permanent niche in the literature of the Civil War.



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