Sam Watkins, originally from Maury County, served throughout the entire four year war despite being wounded several times. Of the 120 men who enlisted in “Company H” in 1861, Watkins was one of the few still in the ranks when the Confederate Army of Tennessee surrendered in April, 1865. After the war ended, Watkins began writing his memoir entitled Co. Aytch.
Watkins’ work today is recognized around the world and often used for teaching purposes. Co. Aytch is called by many historians one of the best Civil War memoirs written by a common soldier in the field. Clearly, Watkins engaging writing style captures the pride of the Civil War soldier.
Thomas Y. Cartwright is known as one of the leading authorities on the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. He frequently appears on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, Travel Channel, CNN, Discovery, and Preservation Channel. For many years, he has lectured throughout most of the United States for Civil War Round Tables, corporations, preservation groups and heritage organizations. In addition, Cartwright authored several published articles and essays. He is currently authoring two books and he conducts battlefield walking tours of the Battle of Franklin from the Lotz House.
Playing left-handed, Michael Holloway learned the guitar on his own, playing his father's instrument upside down. In fact, the legendary Gibson Guitar even created a left-handed Dobro especially for Holloway to play. He has released two albums including Blues Travel Fast and Riding This Train which includes a cut called Feast or Famine with duet partner Gretchen Wilson. He’s toured the country as well as Europe and opened for such acts as BB King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Little Feat.
Robert Hicks, author of New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South said, "Thomas Cartwright has partnered up with Michael Holloway to give us Sam Watkins’ Co. Aytch and what a gift it will be. For those of us who have loved ol' Sam and his Co. Aytch, this is long overdue. For those who have never read Co. Aytch, it is the best introduction I can think of."
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