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From Selma to Appomattox: The History of the Jeff Davis Artillery
     

From Selma to Appomattox: The History of the Jeff Davis Artillery

by Lawrence R. Laboda
 

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The history of the Jeff Davis Artillery is the story of a company of Alabamians who fought with valor and distinction for the Confederacy during more than three and a half years of active service. From Selma to Appomattox goes beyond the unit's combat record to explore its day to day challenges, including finding food, horses, even recruits, and their bouts with

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The history of the Jeff Davis Artillery is the story of a company of Alabamians who fought with valor and distinction for the Confederacy during more than three and a half years of active service. From Selma to Appomattox goes beyond the unit's combat record to explore its day to day challenges, including finding food, horses, even recruits, and their bouts with disease. 37 halftones. 27 maps.

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"A compelling portrait of a Confederate artillery battery at war. An excellent study of small-unit dynamics."—Publishers Weekly

"Artillery is the power puncher of any army, and, yet, unit histories are relatively rare. [This] is one of the few books written about a Confederate artillery unit, and it is one of the best."—American Press

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Jeff Davis Artillery was organized in Selma, Ala., at the outbreak of the Civil War and fought with the Army of Northern Virginia until Appomattox. Freelancer Laboda synthesizes archival and printed sources in a compelling portrait of a Confederate artillery battery at war. An excellent study of small-unit dynamics, this work demonstrates that the South's lack of technical competence compared with the North must not be overstated. The Civil War was not so ``modern'' that the skills of the farm and the blacksmith shop could not be adapted to a ``scientific'' branch of service. Initially ignorant of all but the most general ideas of gunnery service, the Jeff Davis Artillery became one of Lee's elite batteries, proving its mettle in a half-dozen major battles. The Alabamians consistently lacked men, munitions and matriel but possessed courage in full measure and proved consistently able to learn from experience. Both qualities characterized the Confederacy in general. Photos. (July)
Booknews
This account of the Jeff Davis Artillery tells of their participation in most major campaigns in the Eastern Theater, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania, and details the men's daily lives. Includes appendices of documents and letters, a roster of the artillery, and b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195109979
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence Laboda, a graduate of Southampton College (Long Island, New York), has been a serious student of the Civil War for over twenty years. He currently resides in Mineola, New York.

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