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Sam Watkins

Soldier and Writer

He was a 21-year-old member of the Maury Grays, First Tennessee regiment, and a dedicated soldier. Sam Watkins was also an articulate and candid writer. He wanted to fight for states' rights, and did so eagerly under legendary generals Joe Johnston and "Stonewall" Jackson. The North had no business in the South, Watkins wrote in his wartime diary, later widely read.

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