Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 December 1996

404 Pages | 30 halftones, 27 maps

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195109979

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From Selma to Appomattox

The History of the Jeff Davis Artillery

Lawrence R. Laboda

This is the story of one of the South's most efficient fighting units. As part of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Jeff Davis Artillery played an active part in most of the major campaigns of the Eastern Theatre. From Selma to Appomattox, the Battery played a crucial role in the battles fought at Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, and Spotsylvania, among others. In addition, the author gives the activities of the company in between the various engagments and campaigns in detail. Though forced, like their comrades in arms, to endure four years of hardship and suffering, the Alabamians never lost faith and continued to give their all to the Southern cause. This particular company had the honor of being named after the President of the Confederacy, and, quite fittingly, there was not one instance during the great conflict when Jefferson Davis himself would not have been proud of the Battery's performance on the field of battle.
Lawrence Laboda goes beyond the Battery's combat record to show its day to day challenges. The reader lives the life of a Confederate artilleryman, sharing the unit's frustrations in selecting good officers who will stay with it, finding recruits, horses, food, and dry shelter, while enduring the reorganizations of an army always at war. The history of the Jeff Davis Artillery is also the history of the Army of Northern Virginia. From their recruitment in Selma, Alabama, to their surrender at Appomattox Court House, those Alabamians and their fellow artilleryman created a story of endurance and bravery that the reader will never forget.