Co. Aytch – A Side Show of the Big Show


  • By:   Sam R. Watkins
  • 235 pages
  • Originally published in 1882
  • Acid Free Paper, Reinforced Bindings
  • Hardback
SKU: 114007 Categories: ,


     ‘The name Samuel Rush Watkins is not one you will find entered in the major encyclopedias of the South or the Civil War, nor will you find it indexed in most of the extensive historical chronicles of that event in American history, His, indeed, is not the history but the quotability and engaging personality of Sam Watkins that has kept his book in print since it first appeared under the title of “Co. Aytch,” Maury Grays, First Tennessee Regiment; or, A Side Show of the Big Show.  First published serially in his hometown newspaper, the Columbia Herald, beginning May 13, 1881, and continuing through 1882, the columns were promptly collected and issued by the Cumberland Presbyterian Publishing House of Nashville in an edition of 2,000 in both hardcover and paperback.  The reputation of the book was so strong after the first edition was exhausted that in 1900 another edition of 2,000 copies was issued by the Chattanooga Times with a few minor changes.  The demand for copies of “Co. Aytch”  among collectors during the next half century led to the publication of a facsimile reprint in the 1900 edition by the McCowat-Mercer Press of Jackson, Tennessee, in 1952 with an introduction by Bell Irvin Wiley , an index, and illustrations drawn from photographic archives.  A popular paperback edition appeared in 1962 in the Collier Books Civil War Classic series “Sam Watkins’ Co. Aytch” is a personal memoir of his experiences in the Civil War that has been acclaimed by his admirers as a lively and witty commentary on the war and for its significance from the unusual point of view of an ordinary Southern foot soldier.  Watkins had a way with words, and he invested his memoirs with a high degree of literary artistry and narrative skill.

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Weight 1.02 lbs
Dimensions 6. × .75 × 9. in


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