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Colonel John Pelham: Lee's Boy Artillerist

Hassler, William Woods

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ISBN 10: 0807809748 / ISBN 13: 9780807809747
Published by Univ of North Carolina Pr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1960
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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This book is in near fine condition and has many photographs, illustrations and maps. The glossary includes a 7 page section on the types of cannons, their loading, tools, caisson and limber, ammunition and operation. This is a most inforrmative section in this 185 page book. The dust jacket is in very good condition with some edge wear at the corners and at the top and botton of the spine. The dust jacket is covered in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 000484

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Title: Colonel John Pelham: Lee's Boy Artillerist

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1960

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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Even before the end of the Civil War Colonel John Pelham had become a legendary figure of the Confederacy. General Lee called him "the gallant Pelham," and on seeing the young artillerist employ but a single gun to hold up the advance of three Union divisions and over a hundred guns at Fredericksberg, he exclaimed: "It is glorious to see such courage in one so young."

"Stonewall" Jackson, who relied implicitly on Pelham in tight situations said: "It is really extraordinary to find such nerve and genius in a mere boy. With a Pelham on each flank I believe I could whip the world."

"Jeb" Stuart, the dashing cavalry chief, claimed that "John Pelham exhibited a skill and courage which I have never seen surpassed. I loved him as a brother."

Major John Esten Cooke, a fellow-officer and tent-mate, wrote: "He is the bravest human being I ever saw in my life."

And one of Pelham's veteran gunners asserted: "We knew him -- we trusted him -- we would have followed him anywhere, and did."

Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities in the spring of 1861, Cadet Pelham slipped away from West Point to join the Confederacy. Following the fierce Battle of First Manassas, in which he fought side-by-side with "Stonewall" Jackson, Pelham was assigned to "Jeb" Stuart's command with orders to organize the Stuart Horse Artillery. This mounted unit -- dashing from action to action on the battlefield -- provided General Lee's army with invaluable mobile firepower which saved many desperate situations.

In over sixty battles Pelham's blazing guns saw furious action against Union infantry, cavalry, artillery, gunboats and even locomotives. Although he fought against tremendous odds, Pelham never lost an artillery duel or a single gun!

Colonel Pelham was an outstanding figure on the battlefield and off. The modest, boyish-looking commander of the Horse Artillery was as calm and popular with his gunners under fire as he was with beautiful Southern belles in the ballroom. This action-packed book fully describes the incredible feats of the adventurous, romantic artillery genius of the Confederacy.

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"Possesses the same vividness that brought high acclaim for [Hassler's] earlier study, A. P. Hill: Lee's Forgotten General."-- Civil War History

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