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By William W. Hassler

Even earlier than the top of the Civil struggle Colonel John Pelham had develop into a mythical determine of the Confederacy. normal Lee referred to as him "the gallant Pelham," and on seeing the younger artillerist hire yet a unmarried gun to carry up the development of 3 Union divisions and over 100 weapons at Fredericksberg, he exclaimed: "It is wonderful to work out such braveness in a single so young."

"Stonewall" Jackson, who relied implicitly on Pelham in tight events stated: "It is de facto remarkable to discover such nerve and genius in an insignificant boy. With a Pelham on every one flank i feel i may whip the world."

"Jeb" Stuart, the rushing cavalry leader, claimed that "John Pelham exhibited a ability and braveness which i haven't obvious exceeded. I enjoyed him as a brother."

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

And one among Pelham's veteran gunners asserted: "We knew him -- we depended on him -- we might have him at any place, and did."

Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities within the spring of 1861, Cadet Pelham slipped clear of West aspect to affix the Confederacy. Following the fierce conflict of First Manassas, within which he fought side-by-side with "Stonewall" Jackson, Pelham used to be assigned to "Jeb" Stuart's command with orders to prepare the Stuart Horse Artillery. This fastened unit -- rushing from motion to motion at the battlefield -- supplied common Lee's military with useful cellular firepower which stored many determined situations.

In over sixty battles Pelham's blazing weapons observed livid motion opposed to Union infantry, cavalry, artillery, gunboats or even locomotives. even supposing he fought opposed to large odds, Pelham by no means misplaced an artillery duel or a unmarried gun!

Colonel Pelham was once a good determine at the battlefield and rancid. The modest, boyish-looking commander of the pony Artillery was once as calm and well liked by his gunners less than fireplace as he was once with appealing Southern belles within the ballroom. This action-packed e-book absolutely describes the terrific feats of the adventurous, romantic artillery genius of the Confederacy.

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