"Ben Smith, Jr. is a lawyer and a Judge in Waycross, Georgia...He is a grandson of one of Stonewall Jackson’s “foot cavalry” and a keen student of Civil War history. Smith came upon a small volume written about his grandfather’s brigade by a private soldier. In this way, he gained a remarkable insight into the daily lives of the common soldiers of that era. He resolved to do the same thing with his own experiences in World War II. Chick’s Crew, then, is a direct result of his chance encounter with the journal of the private soldier who cared enough to leave his story for posterity."