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CO Aytch
« on: June 14, 2019, 09:03:59 PM »
Not projectile related but still a good book.
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Re: CO Aytch
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 07:11:34 AM »
a very fun read, I have had three copies of this book, the first two were stolen!

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Re: CO Aytch
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2019, 08:22:01 AM »
I loaned my only copy out to a cousin and he "lost" it. funny he never offered to get me another. He has hinted about borrowing other books. His hints go in one ear and out the other.
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Re: CO Aytch
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2019, 07:16:35 PM »
I consider this a must read for anyone interested in the ACW.  As DiveDigger says it is "a very fun read".  An especially of interesting part to me is a nice section on the fighting at Cheatham Hill which is near my house and the center of the CS lines at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
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Re: CO Aytch
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2019, 07:50:12 AM »
I agree, enjoyable book. I question some of the stories on accuracy. But I wasn't there so I don't know. Like when he was eating at the table with I think it was his Lieutenant and a bullet shot came out of no where and struck his Lt in the head. If I remember correctly he said he kept eating. I find that unlikely. I would think there would be an immediate call to arms so to speak.
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Re: CO Aytch
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2019, 11:23:58 PM »
There are actually a lot of artillery related accounts in the book.   The one that comes to my mind is the portion titled "Pine Mountain--Death of General Leonidas Polk.   "While looking at them with his field glass, a solid shot from the Federal guns struck him in his left breast, passing through his body and through his heart.   I saw him while the infirmary corps were bringing him off the field.   He was as white as a piece of marble, and the most remarkable thing about him was, that not a drop of blood was ever seen to come out of the place through which the cannon ball had passed."   

A couple of pages later he writes about the "Dead Angle" at Kennesaw, Georgia:  "...the Federal line opened upon us, and for more than an hour they poured their solid and chain shot, grape and shrapnel right upon this salient point, defended by our regiment alone...."

In the section about Murfreesboro he wrote:  "As I went back to the field hospital, I overtook another man walking along.   I do not know to what regiment he belonged, but I remember of first noticing that his left arm was entirely gone.   His face was white as a sheet.  The breast and sleeve of his coat had been torn away, and I could see the frazzled end of his shirt sleeve, which appeared to be sucked into the wound.  I looked at it pretty close, and I said 'Great God!' for I could see his heart throb, and the respiration of his lungs.   I was filled with wonder and horror at the sight.   He was walking along, when all of a sudden he dropped down and died without a struggle or a groan."

There's a ton of artillery related accounts in Co Aytch that have remained in my memory since reading it that I remember where they are in the book years later.   It's such a fascinating account of the war. 
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Re: CO Aytch
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2019, 11:55:55 AM »
I stand corrected. It has been many many years since I read the book so my memory of most of it has failed me. But I do remember it being a very good book.
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