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"Would to God I could tear the page from these memoirs and from my own memory": Co. Aytch and the Confederate Sensibility of Loss

"Would to God I could tear the page from these memoirs and from my own memory": Co. Aytch and the... Essa y .................... “Would to God I could tear the page from these memoirs and from my own memory” Co. Aytch and the Confederate Sensibility of Loss by Edward John Harcourt While my imagination is like the weaver’s shuttle, playing backward and forward through these two decades of time, I ask myself, Are these things real? Did they happen? Are they being enacted today? Or are they the fancies of the imagination in forgetful reverie? —Sam R. Watkins, Co. Aytch, 1882 1 Watkins enlisted with 110 other “Maury Co. Braves,” as they were originally called, in Company H of the First Tennessee Infantry regiment and served throughout the war. Private Sam Watkins, Confederate infantry soldier in the American Civil War and author of the postwar memoir Co. Aytch, ca. 1861–1865, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. 7 he Confederate undead have a way of rising, zombie like-, to haunt the American landscape,” the journalist Tony Horwitz wrote recently in the Washington Post following th r e far ight d - em- onstration against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in   T Charlottesville. “Even so,” he continued, “it appears we’re n - ear ing the end of the Confederacy’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

"Would to God I could tear the page from these memoirs and from my own memory": Co. Aytch and the Confederate Sensibility of Loss

Southern Cultures , Volume 23 (4) – Jan 19, 2018

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Essa y .................... “Would to God I could tear the page from these memoirs and from my own memory” Co. Aytch and the Confederate Sensibility of Loss by Edward John Harcourt While my imagination is like the weaver’s shuttle, playing backward and forward through these two decades of time, I ask myself, Are these things real? Did they happen? Are they being enacted today? Or are they the fancies of the imagination in forgetful reverie? —Sam R. Watkins, Co. Aytch, 1882 1 Watkins enlisted with 110 other “Maury Co. Braves,” as they were originally called, in Company H of the First Tennessee Infantry regiment and served throughout the war. Private Sam Watkins, Confederate infantry soldier in the American Civil War and author of the postwar memoir Co. Aytch, ca. 1861–1865, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. 7 he Confederate undead have a way of rising, zombie like-, to haunt the American landscape,” the journalist Tony Horwitz wrote recently in the Washington Post following th r e far ight d - em- onstration against the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in   T Charlottesville. “Even so,” he continued, “it appears we’re n - ear ing the end of the Confederacy’s

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Published: Jan 19, 2018

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