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A Scythe of Fire: A Civil War Story of the Eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment

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A gripping history of the Civil War through the eyes of the soldiers in one of its most legendary regiments--the Eighth Georgia Infantry--who fought on the forefront of the Civil War's most major battles.

The Confederate soldiers of the 8th Georgia Regiment came from all walks of life. They included upstanding men like Melvin Dwinnel, a teacher and a publisher, as well as t
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by William Morrow (first published March 1st 2002)
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David
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great read for me but I am very biased and have a personal link to the Eighth GA. Inf. My Great(3) grandfather served as a private through most of the war. Although he wasn't mentioned by name, I felt as if I was reading his biography.
Matthew Werner
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-war
The best unit history I've personally ever read.

The stories that are included give this book a human feel to it. The book is comprised of accounts from diaries, journals, letters home, and hometown newspapers. Wilkinson does a great job of humanizing people like Berrien Zettler, and Melvin Dwinnell etc. The 8th fought almost all the big Eastern Battles, suffered horrific losses, and still hasn't lost the 8th Georgia banner to this day. Their account of failing to take the Wheatfield on day 2 at
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Jimmy
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good regimental history. One minor complaint about the book: there are no maps whatsoever in it. While I have books about the regiment's campaigns that I can check for maps, it wasn't always very convenient to be cross checking other books. Also, the section dealing with May 1864 to April 1865 seems a bit rushed, not going into as much detail as the preceding chapters. This is especially true for the Appomattox Campaign, which is covered in only two and a half pages and the period of April ...more
Benny
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-history
A great read for any history buff. Well researched and masterfully descriptive. Makes you feel as you were in the marching columns, lines of battle, trenches, and camps of these brave and gallant soldiers. I look forward to standing in the same places as them as I visit their fields of battle.
Omar
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
a historical regimental account of Gen. Lee's regiment... gives an account of the southern soldier
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