The Legion's Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony, Lieutenant Colonel of Cobb's Georgia Legion Cavalry, and Rosa Delony, 1853-1863

The Legion's Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony, Lieutenant Colonel of Cobb's Georgia Legion Cavalry, and Rosa Delony, 1853-1863

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The Legion's Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony, Lieutenant Colonel of Cobb's Georgia Legion Cavalry, and Rosa Delony, 1853-1863 by Vincent Joseph Dooley, Samuel Norman Thomas Jr.

Greatly loved by those who served under him, Lieutenant Colonel William Gaston Delony possessed three admirable attributes: "commanding presence, bull dog courage, and superb generalship." THE LEGION'S FIGHTING BULLDOG relays the story of a young man, on the cusp of a promising law career in the 1850s who comes to the conclusion that his way of life, and that of his neighbors, is about to change forever. Interwoven with those of his wife, Rosa Eugenia Huguenin, the Delony correspondence furnishes us a window into the lives of independent individuals during the Civil War who also happened to be well-placed in society due to birth. These writings give the reader insights into what soldiers thought and felt, and of what their families went through, both on the battlefield and at home. Delony doesn't just write about his movements or the battles he has participated in, although he does a very good job of relaying information on that front, he also writes about the military and domestic activities taking place, as well as some of his innermost feelings. Delony expresses concern for his wife's struggles with her pregnancy as well as his own woundings, even though he attempts to play down the latter. Rosa's letters in response express her concerns for her husband and the wellbeing of their children. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Delony was well educated for the period. A lawyer prior to the war, his tremendous inherent tenacity and fighting ability made him the first Georgia Bulldog.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881466041
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 808,698
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Marine veteran, football coaching legend, athletic director, and sports personality, Vincent Joseph Dooley serves as chairman of the Georgia Historical Society and is recognized as a scholar of the American Civil War. He has authored a variety of works on the history of the University of Georgia, football, and gardening. Dooley resides in Athens. Georgia. Samuel Norman Thomas, Jr. has worked in the museum field for the past twenty-five years and has authored or coauthored seven works. He lives in Athens, Georgia, where he serves as curator of the T.R.R. Cobb House.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments ix

Editor's Note xiii

Timeline William Rosa Delony xv

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Setting Up House: November 1853-July 1859 11

Chapter 2 A Coming Storm: January 1860-August 1861 36

Chapter 3 Learning the Trade: August 1861-December 1861 52

Chapter 4 Yorktown and the Peninsula: December 1861-January 1862 69

Chapter 5 Turmoil: January 1862-June 1862 89

Chapter 6 First Blood: June 1862-August 1862 108

Chapter 7 Maryland, My Maryland: August 1862-October 1862 142

Chapter 8 Holding the Line; October 1862-November 1862 160

Chapter 9 Fredericksburg Campaign: November 1862-December 1862 173

Chapter 10 Chancellorsville Campaign: January 1863-May 1863 189

Chapter 11 Brandy Station and the Fight for the Loudoun Valley: June 1863 216

Chapter 12 Gettysburg: June 1863-Septembcr 1863 236

Chapter 13 Delony's Last Battle: September 1863 270

Chapter 14 Aftermath 280

Poem of Tribute 301

Appendix A Cobb/Delony Case 303

Appendix B "The Horse Infirmary of Georgia" 306

Biographical Roster 308

Bibliography 355

Index 361

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