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

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byLawrence 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. As part of the Army of Northern Virginia, these soldiers played an integral part in most of themajor campaigns of the Eastern Theatre, participating in the crucial battles at Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania, among others. Here, Lawrence Laboda tells the story of an artillery unit relatively unknown to Civil War enthusiasts, but whose performance on the fields of battle more thanjustified the honor of being named after the President of the Confederacy. After their recruitment in Selma, Alabama, we learn that the men of the Jeff Davis Artillery found themselves under many different commanders. It was only when First Lieutenant Robert F. Beckham, Captain James W. Bondurant, and Captain William J. Reese took command that the unit matured as amilitary organization, and provided its most efficient service on the field of battle. Even though unfortunate circumstances later in the war caused the company to be divided between two commands, the Alabama Battery's skill and determination carried through in all of the engagements that followed.On more than one occassion, the Jeff Davis Artillery received praise from the Confederate high command, including General Robert E. Lee himself. Within the Confederate Army, the reputation of the unit was no doubt one of the best, but after the fighting was done, the war record of this particularcompany, except for a rare article or mention in an obituary, never received proper recognition. It is only fitting, therefore, that the entire story of the gallant Alabamians finally be told. From Selma to Appomattox goes beyond the unit's combat record to explore its day to day challenges. Conditions on and off the battlefield were less than ideal at times, and from the beginning, the company as a whole fell victim to the horrors of disease. One glance down the roster list shows theextreme seriousness of the situation. Even disease was not their most immediate concern, however, as Laboda describes the unit's difficulties in finding food, horses, and even recruits while enduring the reorganizations of an army at war. With the assistance of numerous detailed maps, he follows theever-proud Alabamians into their first fight at Seven Pines, through the major battles of the Peninsula, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, and Cedar Creek, and ultimately to their surrender at Appomattox. Scholars and Civil War buffs alike will applaud the efforts of Lawrence Laboda in bringing to life the endurance and bravery of the Jeff Davis Artillery.

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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 rec...

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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. As part of the Army of Northern Virginia, these soldiers played an integral part in most of themajor campaigns of the Eastern Theatre, parti...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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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"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