A Small but Spartan Band: The Florida Brigade in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia

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A unit that saw significant action in many of the engagements of the Civil War’s eastern theater.
 
Until this work, no comprehensive study of the Florida units that served in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) had been attempted, and problems attend the few studies of particular Florida units that have appeared. Based on more than two decades of research, ...

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Overview

A unit that saw significant action in many of the engagements of the Civil War’s eastern theater.
 
Until this work, no comprehensive study of the Florida units that served in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) had been attempted, and problems attend the few studies of particular Florida units that have appeared. Based on more than two decades of research, Waters and Edmonds have produced a study that covers all units from Florida in the ANV, and does so in an objective and reliable fashion.
 
Drawn from what was then a turbulent and thinly settled frontier region, the Florida troops serving in the Confederacy were never numerous, but they had the good or bad luck of finding themselves at crucial points in several significant battles such as Gettysburg where their conduct continues to be a source of contention. Additionally, the study of these units and their service permits an examination of important topics affecting the Civil War soldier: lack of supplies, the status of folks at home, dissension over civilian control of soldiers and units from the various Confederate states, and widespread and understandable problems of morale. Despite the appalling conditions of combat, these soldiers were capable of the highest courage in combat. This work is an important contribution to the record of Lee’s troops, ever a subject of intense interest.

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“By relying heavily on primary sources, including journals, diaries, newspapers, letters, and court records, the authors have succeeded in producing what may well be the finest account of Florida’s troops in General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. . . . An engaging book that is sure to appeal to academics and nonacademics alike.”—Journal of Southern History

A Small but Spartan Band: The Florida Brigade in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia makes a timely contribution to the history of the Confederacy by showcasing soldiers from its least populous state. In addition to describing the experiences of Floridians in the Eastern Theater of the war, it brings forth some original frameworks for examining familiar military campaigns and fulfills its purpose ‘to fill a void’ (p.1) in Civil War history.”—On Point: The Journal of Army History

"A Small but Spartan Band offers a thoughtful history of the Florida Brigade and a briskly written narrative, with concise summaries of the battles and campaigns suitable for both professional and armchair historians. The book is also generously illustrated with twenty-one images, including ten maps. With this volume, the authors have gone a long way to restoring the credit Captain Bryan and his comrades deserve."—The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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“By relying heavily on primary sources, including journals, diaries, newspapers, letters, and court records, the authors have succeeded in producing what may well be the finest account of Florida’s troops in General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. . . . An engaging book that is sure to appeal to academics and nonacademics alike.” —Journal of Southern History

"A Small but Spartan Band offers a thoughtful history of the Florida Brigade and a briskly written narrative, with concise summaries of the battles and campaigns suitable for both professional and armchair historians. The book is also generously illustrated with twenty-one images, including ten maps. With this volume, the authors have gone a long way to restoring the credit Captain Bryan and his comrades deserve."--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

A Small but Spartan Band: The Florida Brigade in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia makes a timely contribution to the history of the Confederacy by showcasing soldiers from its least populous state. In addition to describing the experiences of Floridians in the Eastern Theater of the war, it brings forth some original frameworks for examining familiar military campaigns and fulfills its purpose ‘to fill a void’ (p.1) in Civil War history.” —On Point: The Journal of Army History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817357740
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,188,628
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Zack C. Waters is Adjunct Professor of history at Georgia Highlands College. He has published articles on Florida’s CSA history in Florida Historical Quarterly, Civil War Regiments, Apalachee Review, and El Escribano.
 
James C. Edmonds is self-employed in Port Royal, South Carolina.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Best book on the subject

    Doing a unit history is tricky. The author must balance the human-interest stories with military history. It helps if the unit has a signature battle to build the narration around. Star power is another helpful ingredient, a commanding officer that became a general or a well-known personality adds interest. When an author finds the right mix of human interest, military history, signature battle and star power, we are in for a treat. When an author misses the mark, we can have a good read but not a great one.
    The Florida Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia was an unlucky unit. Representing a state that was almost a "howling wilderness", the men suffered isolation and a series of incidents that gave them little glory or respect from their peers. Their signature battle was the belated advance on July 3 at Gettysburg. This advance did nothing beyond increasing the casualty count for Pickett's Charge.
    The authors have a difficult unit. The isolation kept the men from writing letters, reducing the human-interest stories. The unit's commander did not raise much above average. Florida was unable to send much material aid resulting in chronic supply problems. Given all these disadvantages, taking on this project required some dedication.
    The Florida Brigade, for all of the above reasons, lacks histories. This is one of very few that cover the subject and is the best book on the brigade. However, this is not THE BOOK on the brigade. That book is yet to be written. The author's have done their best. The scholarship is impressive with 46 pages of notes and Bibliography.
    The text is crisp but lacks "snap". The Brigade's combat record is not inspiring and becomes wearisome as failures mount. There is not enough about the men for me to develop and interest in them as people. While readable and informative, I did not find this enjoyable or able to gain and hold my attention. Having said that, if you want a book on the Florida Brigade, this is it.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Very excited to finally find a book with stories of the Southern

    Very excited to finally find a book with stories of the Southerns from
    Florida. My fellow Americans from Dixie often chide Southerners from the
    Sunshine State that we are not of the same cut as they. However, serving
    with Marsh Robert is high praise indeed. Hooray for Florida. God bless
    Robert E.Lee.

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