Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War Regiment by Scott WalkerHell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War Regiment by Scott Walker

Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War Regiment

byScott Walker

Paperback | July 15, 2007

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Darling, I never wanted to gow home as bad in my life as I doo now and if they don’t give mee a furlow I am going any how. Written in December 1862 by Private Wright Vinson in Tennessee to his wife, Christiana, in Georgia, these lines go to the heart of why Scott Walker wrote this history of the Fifty-seventh Georgia Infantry, a unit of the famed Mercer’s Brigade.

All but a few members of the Fifty-seventh lived within a close radius of eighty miles from each other. More than just an account of their military engagements, this is a collective biography of a close-knit group. Relatives and neighbors served and died side by side in the Fifty-seventh, and Walker excels at showing how family ties, friendships, and other intimate dynamics played out in wartime settings. Humane but not sentimental, the history abounds in episodes of real feeling: a starving soldier’s theft of a pie; another’s open confession, in a letter to his wife, that he may desert; a slave’s travails as a camp orderly.

Drawing on memoirs and a trove of unpublished letters and diaries, Walker follows the soldiers of the Fifty-seventh as they push far into Unionist Kentucky, starve at the siege of Vicksburg, guard Union prisoners at the Andersonville stockade, defend Atlanta from Sherman, and more. Hardened fighters who would wish hell on an incompetent superior but break down at the sight of a dying Yankee, these are real people, as rarely seen in other Civil War histories.

Scott Walker is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Waco, Texas, the author of nine books, and an adjunct professor at Baylor University. His great-great-grandfather was a member of the Fifty-seventh Georgia Infantry.
Title:Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War RegimentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.24 × 6.08 × 0.8 inPublished:July 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820329339

ISBN - 13:9780820329338

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Editorial Reviews

This book is not about glorious victory or honorable defeat; it is about the struggle of men to hold on to their humanity in war’s fiery furnace of inhumanity. This is a book about hell—hell with a few humorous anecdotes, hell with unexpected acts of kindness, but hell.

- Southern Distinction