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A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A.   By: (1844-)

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In "A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A.", James Robert Maxwell provides readers with a comprehensive and captivating account of one of the lesser-known Confederate artillery units during the American Civil War. Maxwell's meticulous research and attention to detail make this book an invaluable addition to the study of Civil War history.

From the very beginning, Maxwell establishes his expertise on the subject matter, setting the stage with a thorough examination of the battery's formation, training, and early engagements. His deep understanding and knowledge of the military tactics employed during the Civil War allow him to offer insights into the battery's strategic importance in various battles and campaigns.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Maxwell's writing is his ability to bring the individuals within the battery to life. Through detailed profiles and personal anecdotes, he humanizes the soldiers, portraying them as more than just names on a page. This approach allows readers to truly connect with the men and learn about their experiences, sacrifices, and contributions throughout the war.

Moreover, Maxwell does an exceptional job of placing Lumsden's Battery within the wider context of the Confederate army. By analyzing the battery's interactions and collaborations with other units, he underscores the importance and impact of teamwork and coordination during the Civil War. This broader perspective contributes significantly to our understanding of the overall war effort and the challenges faced by Confederate troops.

While the book is meticulously documented and filled with historical accounts, Maxwell manages to maintain a narrative flow that keeps readers engaged. He strikes a delicate balance between presenting historical facts and providing an entertaining read, making it accessible even to those unfamiliar with the finer details of Civil War history.

However, it is worth noting that "A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." primarily focuses on the perspective of the Confederate forces. Though this bias is understandable given the subject matter, some readers may find it lacking in a more comprehensive examination of the broader Civil War conflict.

Overall, James Robert Maxwell's "A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." is an outstanding piece of scholarship that sheds light on a relatively unknown Confederate artillery unit. Through meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and attention to personal narratives, Maxwell brings this forgotten history to life. Civil War enthusiasts, historians, and anyone interested in understanding the experiences of Confederate soldiers will find this book both educational and captivating.

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[Illustration: From left to right, back row Private Thrower, Orderly Sergeant George Little, Sergeant John Little, Bugler Minardo Rosser. Second row, left Lieut. Harvey Cribbs; right, Artificer William Johnson. Front row, left Corporal Thos. Owen, Walter Guild. Seated, on right Sergeant James R. Maxwell; left, Rufus Jones or "Rube," T. A. Dearing's servant.]


Written by Dr. George Little and Mr. James R. Maxwell

Published by R. E. Rhodes Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy Tuskaloosa, Alabama

Transcriber's Note: Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Original spellings, punctuation and discrepancies have been retained, including the list of Privates with numerous names out of alphabetical order.

This History of Lumsden's Battery was written from memory in 1905 by Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Little, with the help of a diary kept by Dr. James T. Searcy.

From organization Nov. 4, 1861, to Oct. 15, 1863, this data is the work of Dr. George Little, from Oct. 15, 1863, to its surrender May 4, 1865, the work of Mr. James R. Maxwell.


Its Organization and Services in the Army of the Confederate States.

At the close of the spring term of the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, in May, 1861, Judge Wm... Continue reading book >>

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