Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero

Carrying the Flag The Story of Private Charles Whilden the Confederacy s Most Unlikely Hero For forty years Charles Whilden lived a life noteworthy for failure Then in a remarkable chain of events this aging epileptic desk clerk from Charleston found himself plunged into the brutal battl

  • Title: Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero
  • Author: Gordon C. Rhea
  • ISBN: 9780465069569
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For forty years, Charles Whilden lived a life noteworthy for failure Then, in a remarkable chain of events, this aging, epileptic desk clerk from Charleston found himself plunged into the brutal battlefields of the Wilderness May 57, 1864 and Spotsylvania Court House May 820, 1864 In an astonishing act of bravery, he wrapped the flag around his body and led a chargeFor forty years, Charles Whilden lived a life noteworthy for failure Then, in a remarkable chain of events, this aging, epileptic desk clerk from Charleston found himself plunged into the brutal battlefields of the Wilderness May 57, 1864 and Spotsylvania Court House May 820, 1864 In an astonishing act of bravery, he wrapped the flag around his body and led a charge that won critical ground for the Confederates, changing the course of one of the war s most significant battles.Gordon C Rhea combines his deep knowledge of Civil War history with original sources, such as a treasure trove of letters written by Charles Whilden, to tell the story of this unusual life Growing up in a prominent family that had fallen on hard times, Charles received a good education, and his letters reveal flashes of intelligence But he failed at the practice of law in his home state and in his endeavors elsewhere, including copper speculation, real estate ventures, and farming After the attack on Fort Sumter, Charles returned to Charleston to enlist in Confederate service, only to be turned down until the rebellion was on its last legs Even then he saw only a few weeks of combat But in that time, he discovered a bravery within himself that nothing in his former existence suggested he had.

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    1 thought on “Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero”

    1. best Civil War book i've read to date with the climate of possible slave insurrection as a pretext but Charles Whilden was only a fair to middling character around which to structure a narrative.

    2. Gordon C. Rhea is generally acknowledged as the premier historian writing about the 1864 Overland Campaign, having written an award winning four volume history on said campaign. In Carrying the Flag Rhea revisits the Overland Campaign, but instead of writing about the whole campaign in a grand scale, he instead tells the tale of one Rebel private.In the story of Charles Whilden, Rhea has uncovered one of those little gold nuggets that helps shed light on historical events and make them more rela [...]

    3. This book briefly covers the Overland Campaign during the American Civil War in May of 1864. It weaves into it the story of Charles Whilden, a confederate flag bearer from South Carolina whose pivotal move may have saved the ANV in the wildness.As a fairly new student to the Civil War, I would say that this campaign gets overlooked by a lot of people. In all fairness, this fighting is what changed the face of the war and was the turning point of the conflict - the point where Grant embraces not [...]

    4. This is an excellant book that describes the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, with the life of Pvt. Charles Whilden as the main character. Charles is a loser at almost everything, until on the battlefield he performs a heroic act that changes the course of a battle. This book is an excellant history narrative. It describes the big picture and what went on in these key battles in Grants overland campaign. It also tells what is happening to Charles and his unit of the 1st South Carolina [...]

    5. Excellent work regards a quite insignificant individual - soldier in the Civil War - who due to circumstances rises to heroic levels. But his "fifteen minutes of fame" are shortlived as is detailed in this nice work by Gordon Rhea. Rhea is the author of several Civil War battles/histories and is one CW author that I am especially fond of. Highly recommended to any CW reader.

    6. Really enjoyed the story of Charles Whilden even if though he seemed to disappear once or twice in this telling. I have to wonder how many warriors similar to Charles Whilden in both armies we may never know.

    7. One of the best Civil War books I have read. Well documented and well researched. Especially enjoyed the author's comments at the end with the directions to the battle site. Excellent read for Civil War historians.

    8. Another wonderful historical book that relates an incredible story. This book makes history come alive and adds the story of an obscure personality that changed the course of the civil war. Fascinating and wonderful!

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