Academic journal article Military Review

"Him on One Side and Me on the Other": The Civil War Letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment, and James Campbell, 1st South Carolina Battalion

Academic journal article Military Review

"Him on One Side and Me on the Other": The Civil War Letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment, and James Campbell, 1st South Carolina Battalion

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"HIM ON ONE SIDE AND ME ON THE OTHER": The Civil War Letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment, and James Campbell, Ist South Carolina Battalion, Terry A. Johnston Jr., ed., University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, 1999, 190 pages, $24.95.

"Him on One Side and Me on the Other," a wonderful book, is a unique addition to any collection of first-- person Civil War accounts. James and Alexander Campbell, native to Ireland, immigrated to the United States several years before the war. Alexander settled in New York City where he became a stonecutter. James settled in Charleston, South Carolina, where he became prominent in the community and growing commercial middle class. Both prospered until war interrupted their lives.

Alexander's letters, predominantly written to his wife, give a spectacular view of army life in the field. He describes camps, marches and food. He becomes a sergeant in the color guard, one of the regiment's most honored and dangerous positions, and his apprehension mounts when his regiment faces his Confederate brother's unit at Secessionville, South Carolina. …

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