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 conflict, he wrote his memoir on the request of friends and family and disbursed it privately in 1915. Boy Soldier of the Confederacy: The Memoir of Johnnie Wickersham offers not just an extraordinary check out the Civil conflict during the eyes of a kid but additionally a coming-of-age story.
Edited by means of Kathleen Gorman, the quantity provides a brand new advent and annotations that designate how the battle was once glorified through the years, the tough 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 continues that the older Wickersham who placed pen to paper many years later most probably glorified and adorned the event, 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 strains 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 project as an orderly for basic Sterling cost, his catch at Vicksburg in 1863, his parole, and later his provider with basic John Bell Hood for the 1864 battling round Atlanta. Wickersham additionally describes the accomplice give up in New Orleans, the reconciliation of the North and the South, and his personal go back and reunification together with his family.
While Gorman’s incisive creation and annotations let readers to think about how thoughts might be laid low with the passage of time, Wickersham’s boy-turned-soldier story bargains readers an attractive 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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There are times, my boy, in the crisis even of a boy’s life, when events and circumstances, temporarily at least, drive youth and laughter from his life. Again, I tried to induce my horse to go, but he could not. Tears of helpless rage at this trick fate had played me ran unheeded down my cheeks as I tried to think of a way to reach Dick. I saw Lizzie running toward me. Then I realized I had been crying and was ashamed. “Don’t dare think I cried because I am afraid,” I said. ” I 25 “The First Time I Heard ‘Dixie’ ” carried a dirk knife.
General Fremont was reprimanded for spending so much money on this body-guard. They surpassed in pomp and grandeur anything ever seen in an army. 12 “ Memory Seems So Real ” i forgot m y or der s We never dreamed that the enemy was near us. Dick spied me down in town and told me to go back to camp and tell the boys to get their guns; that they had captured a Yankee major and there might be troops about. When I reached the mouth of the lane, I waited for the ﬁnish of a horse race before going on.
Watching my chance, I fell in with the Federal Cavalry. They were too tired and sleepy to notice me. A man lit his pipe, and by the ﬂash from the match, I saw it was the Tenth Illinois Cavalry. Then your Grandfather had one of the close calls of his life. ” It was the regiment commanded by my dearest cousin, Colonel Dudley Wickersham. He had once given me a ﬁne saddle and bridle for my horsemanship, and I loved him. Putting spurs to my horse I galloped away in 28 “The First Time I Heard ‘Dixie’ ” the darkness, which kept them from questioning me.