Author H.V. Traywick Jr. invites you to enjoy his book collection
A work of high adventure and philosophy in the vein of Peter Matthiessen's Far Tortuga, this chronicles the end of an era.
IN this sequel to his Road Gang: A Memoir of Engineer Service in Vietnam, the author sheds his uniform to tour far corners of the country as a freight-train-riding hobo, oil field roustabout, commercial diver, marine engineer in tramp freighters and tall ships, boat builder, trawler captain, and "lover of poetry, women, rock and roll, good food, strong drink and sunsets across the marsh."
This work is essentially a republication of the wartime diary of a Confederate infantryman who served from the outbreak of the War Between the States until he was killed in one of the Seven Days' Battles near Richmond in 1862. He served in the 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, Kershaw's South Carolina Brigade.
In the summer of 1969 young American men were being sent to Vietnam to fight in a war that many felt had lost its meaning. The “Vietnamization” of the war had just begun and US troop units were being withdrawn and replaced by units of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN.) The author of Road Gang was one of those arriving “in country” to serve a year’s tour of duty during this period of transition
"History is the propaganda of the victorious," said Voltaire, and such has it permeated our modern-day interpretation of the so-called "Civil War" that Southerners and descendants of Confederate soldiers, like a recent correspondent in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, are crying mea culpa, rolling in the dust, and covering themselves in sackcloth and ashes. It is unbecoming of descendants of men who were fighting to defend their country from invasion, conquest, and coerced political allegiance, just as their forefathers had done in 1776. Perhaps a true perspective of history will assuage their guilt.
This work offers a contemporaneous portrait of Old Virginia, her unwavering stance on State sovereignty, and her fight to the death to defend the fundamental principle upon which the Republic was founded.
In the middle of the nineteenth century steam power replaced muscle power as the prime mover of civilization, and the Industrial Revolution roared across the world. A new World-Cycle, the Machine Age, was born. But in the Southern United States men took up arms against the imperatives of the machine, and their Lost Cause marked the end of the Age of Agriculture – the Age that had given rise to all of the ancient civilizations. By the editing of contemporary diaries, letters, essays, newspaper editorials, memoirs, histories and official records, and the collation of them into a narrative form, this work offers a contemporaneous portrait of the old Republic, the Old South, the storm-tossed Confederacy, and the revolution that swept it all away.