Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865

The Official Blurb

The author, who fought as a private in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, describes the Confederate soldier’s daily struggles with hunger, illness, fear, and the perils of combat; as well as his pride of service, love of comrades, and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

My Review

This is not a work of fiction, it is the memoirs of an artilleryman turned infantry of the time he spent in the forces during the American Civil War. He relates how the soldiers gallantly joined up, how being a soldier as opposed to be an officer was seen as having more merit and honur! He then tells us how the southern volunteers learned through hard experience in the required footware and what really needed to be carried by a foot soldier.

We hear a lot of the little details of day to day life of the soldier and how this particular soldier fared while outpacing the supplies. You'll learn something when you listen.

I'm a wargamer in some of my spare hours ( that means I play with toy soldiers ) and I've read a lot of ACW books, but even my well read mind picked up on some interesting facts and thoughts from this memoir.

The reader of this book is very good and I had some chuckles when some of the swear words were bleeped!

Basicly, it's good historical content, well read and an easy listen.

Reading 2/3
Production 2/3
Story 1/3 ( Low story rating, because it's a memoir! )

Total Score 5/9

Get it from Librivox

Here is the first chapter.