Confederate Guerrilla In the memoir Confederate Guerrilla, a story of Joseph M. Bailey’s time in the confederate army during the civil war, there are many interesting points that describe what being in the confederate army meant. Joseph speaks of the things he felt, such as the feeling pride as his company 's flag, which was made by his sister, was chosen as the regimental colors along with the greater pride of him becoming a sergeant and named regimental color bearer or the regret of burning houses and killing men. Mostly he speaks in terms of what was going on during key points of his service. There are three key turning points that Joseph Bailey goes through, those points being the Battle at Pea Ridge,…show more content… During a surprize raid they tried to attempt on the union army, the confederate army fired until they ran out of ammunition along with the other side. Bailey feeling a surge of victory rushed them, demanding them to surrender only to be shot in the chest. At this point Bailey gave up on his hope of life and winning that battle. He begins to think about his regrets but never fearing what is to become of him until he thinks of being in his enemy 's hands. That is when he cries out for help and begs for his life, but unfortunately is taken by the enemies. Due to the severity of his wound they only treat him as soon to be dead and due to the fact that there was a man he knew in that army he got to be cared for in a cabin near his father’s home. Once rescued and cared for by family he received notice from a doctor that he didn’t have long to live. He at first accepted his fate but as time went on he only healed and was back to normal. Joseph Bailey learnt that becoming too cocky will result in one 's downfall and that even when times are rough and all hope is lost, good things will happen refilling one with hope, along with the compassion he shows his own prisoners…show more content… The condition of their clothing, food, and the scarce pay played a part in the downfall of the army, examples being soldiers without shoes, almost inedible food covered with insects, and pay every two months. Upon hearing news of General Lee’s surrender the remaining confederate camps were filled with a depressed atmosphere, talk of disbandment went around but they still continued their farce while trying to gain rides for themselves only to end up surrendering. Having surrendered, Bailey attempts to head home after recovering from his illness all while running into compassionate people who helped him out on his journey home. The surrendering gave Joseph Bailey time to reflect on his journey and realize just what he went through. Not only does he witness several acts of “barbaric cruelty” but he also witnesses the self-sacrifices of many heroic men and people’s many acts of compassion (pg 66). His lesson was to never forget any act of any sorts, whether it be out of cruelty of kindness because those acts are what makes life memorable and worth defending.
The reliability of this writing is a bit on the skeptical side. There are a couple reasonings behind why this work isn’t one-hundred percent historically reliable. One being that this is the recollections from Bailey many many years after the war had finished. Memory tends to fail people and isn’t always