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Cush was a mixture of com meal, water, and bacon grease cooked over an open fire by Confederate soldiers. That the editors have taken this title for the book indicates the emotional impact of Sprott's Civil War memoir's. Not only do we march and eat this mixture with Sprott, but we witness with him the first execution of Confederate deserters, the bewilderment and frustration of battling infantrymen with what they considered the inane orders from above, and the bravery - and the foolhardiness - that war inevitably brings. This memoir follows the Sumter regiment from its first "training" sessions to its duty in Mobile near the war's end.
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This is a war memoir that moves humans to the front lines, rather than battles and strategies. It is a memoir written thirty years after the fact with all the humor, irony, and pathos that one would expect sush a removal to bring. Being aware that three decades would also bring lapses of memory, Sprott enlisted the aid of fellow veterns, who regularly sent emendations to his weekly writings in the local newspaper. The collation and publication of this journal one hundred years later is not only a boon to American Civil War buffs, it is a boon to all Americans as an aid to understanding our own past.About the Author:
Samuel H. Sprott was born on June 24, 1840, in Sumter County Alabama. Sprott attended local schools and compleated his education at Barton Academy in Mobile. In the Spring of 1862 Samuel Sprott joined the South Sumter Guards. Sprott enlisted as a private but was quickly elevated to rank of 3rd sergeant by his fellow soldiers. The following year Sprott was promoted to Lieutenant. When he surrenered in Salisbury, North Carolina in May 1865, Sprott had attained the rank of Captain of Company A 40th Alabama Regiment.
After the war, Sprott taught school and studied law. In 1867 he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in Livingston, Alabama. In 1968 Sprott married Leonora Brockway of Gaston, Alabama. They had six children, two sons and four daughters. On April 12, 1916, Samuel Sprott died in Jasper, Alabama, at the home of his eldeset daughter, Mrs. Augusta Belle Long.
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Book Description Livingston Pr, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110942979559
Book Description Livingston Pr, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0942979559