“Him on the One Side”

4 03 2009

tjFriend Terry Johnston sent me a copy of his book, “Him on the One Side and Me on the Other”: The Civil War Letters of Alexander Campbell, 79th New York Infantry Regiment, and James Campbell, 1st South Carolina Battalion.  I was going to buy it online, but dropped Terry a note just in case he had any for sale himself, since the book is only available on the secondary market.  Terry was kind enough to send me a complimentary, inscribed copy.  Considering that the book is selling for between $45 and $90, that was one heck of a gesture on his part.  The book includes two letters written by Alexander recounting his experience at Bull Run, and I’ll be posting those in the future.  Thanks Terry!



3 responses

4 03 2009
Drew W.

It was also reprinted in paperback format by USC Press last year.


5 03 2009
Steve Basic


I read it a few years ago, and it’s one of the better books based on soldiers letters from the Civil War. It is also very well edited and a very interesting read.

Hope all is well.


5 03 2009
Terry Johnston


You’re very welcome. I’ll look forward to revisiting Alex Campbell’s Bull Run observations (it’s been a while) on your site. Thanks to Drew for pointing out that the book was released in paperback last year (a pleasant surprise) and to Steve for the very kind words.

By the way, if you ever have a contest for worst CW book title, I hope mine’s in the running. I’d vote for it. WAY too long.


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