By Professor Kathleen Gorman
Johnnie Wickersham was once fourteen while he ran clear of his Missouri domestic to struggle for the Confederacy. Fifty years after the battle, he wrote his memoir on the request of friends and family and dispensed it privately in 1915. Boy Soldier of the Confederacy: The Memoir of Johnnie Wickersham offers not just a unprecedented investigate the Civil struggle during the eyes of a kid but additionally a coming-of-age story.
Edited by way of Kathleen Gorman, the amount provides a brand new advent and annotations that designate how the battle was once glorified through the years, the cruel realities suppressed within the nation’s collective reminiscence. Gorman describes a guy who nostalgically recalls the boy he as soon as used to be. She keeps that the older Wickersham who positioned pen to paper a long time later most likely glorified and adorned the adventure, accepting a elegant interpretation of his personal past.
Wickersham recounts that in his first skirmish he was once "wild with the ecstasy of all of it" and notes that he was once "too younger to understand the danger." The memoir lines his participation in an October 1861 accomplice cost opposed to Springfield, Missouri; his struggle on the conflict of Pea Ridge in March 1862; his remain at a plantation he calls Fairyland; and the conflict of Corinth.
The quantity information Wickersham’s task as an orderly for normal Sterling fee, his seize at Vicksburg in 1863, his parole, and later his carrier with normal John Bell Hood for the 1864 struggling with round Atlanta. Wickersham additionally describes the accomplice quit in New Orleans, the reconciliation of the North and the South, and his personal go back and reunification along with his family.
While Gorman’s incisive creation and annotations let readers to think about how stories may be stricken by the passage of time, Wickersham’s boy-turned-soldier story deals readers a fascinating narrative, detailing the perceptions of a kid at the cusp of maturity in the course of a turbulent interval in our nation’s history.
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They retreated for the main body many miles away at Pea Ridge. Colonel Colton Green commanded the infantry in the advance. The running ﬁght occurred along the road that followed a small creek in a wide valley with a high range of hills on either side. Our ﬂanks were covered with Indians riding in single ﬁle on the crest of the hills. The creek and the road were very crooked and winding, and behind every bend, where the small trees grew thick, the enemy’s guns poured grape and canister shot into our ranks.
They passed on to the creek towards town, where they formed a junction with their advance guard. The lane seemed ﬁlled with dead and wounded men and horses. Then came the scramble for every man to ﬁnd his own gun and get his powder and balls ready, for we believed they would come back, and they did. Again from towards town, eight abreast, they wheeled into line against the fence, riding over the dead and wounded, and the same battle was repeated, but much more fatally to 14 “ Memory Seems So Real ” both sides.
I spoke to him, but he did not answer. ” He had been fast asleep. colonel emmet mcdona ld Night came, and both armies slept. At break of day the dogs of war turned loose along our entire front. It was a bitter ﬁght! Our battery was posted on a ridge, and the enemy, in two lines, charged it. The boys lay ﬂat on the ground beside every gun. We repulsed them, and they came again. How our 38 “The First Time I Heard ‘Dixie’ ” men and horses suffered! I have always thought they would have taken a gun except for the daring of Colonel McDonald.