Carrying The Flag by Gordon C. Rhea
The Story Of Private Charles Whilden, The Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero

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For forty years, Charles Whilden lived a life most noteworthy for a series of near misses. Repeatedly turned down for service in the Confederate Army, he did not enlist until the desperate days when anyone capable of locomotion was brought in to fill the ranks. He was subsequently plunged into the very regiment destined to see the worst of Grant's brutal spring 1864 campaign. But Whilden would go on to discover a courage within that was prefigured by none of his earlier failures.

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This Bison Books edition is introduced by Gordon C. Rhea, the author of "The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 186"4 and "The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern,
Published April 13, 2009 by Basic Books. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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The battle of Spotsylvania Court House was the Civil War's ghastliest, a day-long, rain-sodden struggle for control of a Confederate trench line so brutal that the dead were""pulverized into mush that resembled jelly instead of men."" Rhea (The Battle of the Wilderness) finds heroism in this hell...

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