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The Southern Soldier Boy A Thousand Shots for the Confederacy   By: (1845-)

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James Carson Elliott's "The Southern Soldier Boy: A Thousand Shots for the Confederacy" delves deep into the experiences of one young soldier during the American Civil War. With a writing style that is both engaging and immersive, Elliott transports readers back in time to witness the unfolding of history through the eyes of his protagonist.

The book follows the journey of Johnnie Weldon, a determined and patriotic teenage boy who joins the Confederate army. Through Weldon's perspective, we are able to understand the motivations and aspirations of those who fought for the South, as well as the harsh realities they faced on the battlefield.

Elliott's research and attention to detail are evident throughout the narrative. He paints a vivid picture of the war-torn South, vividly describing the landscapes, battlefields, and makeshift camps. The author's ability to evoke emotion and bring historical events to life is commendable, allowing readers to empathize with the characters and gain a greater understanding of the tumultuous times.

Weldon's character development is one of the book's strongest points. Elliott beautifully captures the young soldier's growth, as innocence gradually fades away, replaced by the burdens of war. The author strikes a delicate balance between showcasing the heroism and resilience of these soldiers while also highlighting their vulnerability and fears.

Moreover, Elliott refuses to shy away from the brutal realities of war. The depiction of the violence and sacrifices endured by both sides is poignant and unflinchingly honest. The author's ability to capture the horrors of the battlefield without glorifying them gives the book a sense of authenticity that is often lacking in historical fiction.

One minor criticism of "The Southern Soldier Boy" is that, at times, the pacing can feel slow. Elliott provides extensive historical context and background information, which might be overwhelming for readers seeking a more action-packed narrative. However, this attention to detail ultimately enriches the story, offering readers a comprehensive understanding of the Civil War's impact on both the individual and the nation.

In conclusion, "The Southern Soldier Boy: A Thousand Shots for the Confederacy" is a compelling and well-researched novel that transports readers to the heart of the American Civil War. Elliott's masterful storytelling, combined with his ability to humanize historical figures, make this book a must-read for anyone interested in this important period of American history.

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A Thousand Shots for the Confederacy


JAMES CARSON ELLIOTT, Company F, 56 Regiment N. C. T., C. S. A., 1861 '65, Shelby, N. C.


Historical Incidents, Reminiscences and Personal Experiences, Covering the nine months siege of Petersburg and both Prison Pens, etc., etc. Plain facts more interesting than Fiction, all from the standpoint of a Private Soldier

Edwards & Broughton Printing Company, Raleigh, N. C.

Copyright, 1907, by James C. Elliott.


A readable book should instruct, entertain and amuse. The author, outside of the historical interest of this little book, has aimed to cover a broad enough field for all classes of readers to find some nourishing food at least in the way of variety and shifting scenes from the standpoint of a young private.

And in order to understand his viewpoint, a brief sketch of the author is admissible. Born in Cleveland County, N. C., about midway between Charlotte and Asheville, July 12, 1845. His father, a small slaveholder and a farmer, he was brought up to work on the farm and was well practiced in the use of firearms, and was well seasoned in the fox chase and hunting sports. His father was an ardent Whig, and they got their political inspiration from William G... Continue reading book >>

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