New Book Details the Sacrifices of Largely Forgotten Confederate Experiences

Top Quote This book explains how previously untold or little-known Civil War stories expand our understanding of this dreadful conflict—and of the human spirit. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 01, 2017 - Savas Beatie recently announced the release of Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness by Mark J. Crawford.

    Confederate Courage on Other Fields offers four valuable events of the Civil War. Each story explores the hardships of battle, and demonstrations of courage and other human attributes, away from the glare of well-known battlefields like Gettysburg and Shiloh.

    “Rebel Resort of the Dead” introduces readers to General Hospital Number One in Kittrell Springs, North Carolina, where hospital chaplain Rev. M. M. Marshall did his best to tend to the religious needs of severely wounded men. Marshall’s recently discovered recollections are threaded throughout this moving narrative and include many of the last words of dying soldiers.

    “I’ll Live Yet to Dance on That Foot!” offers the letters of Charles Blacknall, a wealthy plantation owner-turned-Confederate officer who penned candid letters back home that reveal not only an educated and passionate man, but one who is slowly being consumed by war.

    The astonishing tale of a personal conflict between a Union major and a Confederate colonel unfolds in “An Eye for an Eye.” The quarrel, which quickly became deeply personal, resulted in a series of vicious retaliatory killings, guerrilla warfare, the eventual intervention of president Abraham Lincoln—and the murder of one of the officers.

    The story of the Battle of Dinwiddie Courthouse, a bitter battle during the closing days of the war in Virginia, is told through many first-person accounts in “The South’s ‘Sunset Charge.’” In this fight, the prelude to the better-known battle of Five Forks, Federal troops put up a stout fight, despite being heavily outnumbered, with the help of their deadly repeating carbines. Few know that many Confederate soldiers were swept away and drowned there in a valiant charge across a muddy rain-swollen river.

    “A great read for all levels of interest in the American Civil War,” states Chris Calkins, an historian in Petersburg, Virginia.

    “Uncovering new history is an exciting and humbling experience,” Crawford says. “There is a responsibility to share the sacrifices of these forgotten soldiers and tell their remarkable stories – whether it is on the march, in battle, or in a hospital ward.”

    About the Author:
    In his first career as an exploration geologist, Mark Crawford spent 18 years prowling forests and deserts in search of gold and silver. Much of this time was spent in the Southeast, where he researched this book, discovering new materials and sources that can only be found by driving up dirt roads and knocking on ancestral doors. Now writing full time, Crawford is the author of four other books, including the Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War.

    About Savas Beatie LLC:
    Savas Beatie is an award-winning independent publishing company specializing in military and general history titles distributed worldwide.

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