Colonel John Pelham: Lee's Boy Artillerist
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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. 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. Even before the end of the Civil War Colonel John Pelham had become a legendary figure of the Confederacy. 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. 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. 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. Following the fierce Battle of First Manassas, in which he fought side-by-side with "Stonewall"
Hill: Lee's Forgotten General"."Civil War History" . P. A solid biography of the Confederacy's boy wonder."Civil War Times""Possesses the same vividness that brought high acclaim for Hassler's earlier study, "A. Hill: Lee's Forgotten General.""Civil War History""Possesses the same vividness that brought high acclaim for Hassler's earlier study, "A. P
"Careful! Bit of a juvenile read!" according to Charles C. DiVincenti Jr.. Just a bit of warning for purchasers of this book! This account almost appears like it was written for a juvenile audience. Indeed, the preface denotes hope that it will serve as an "inspiration to the youth of today". Hence, keep in mind this is not a very scholarly read - although a glossary of artillery terms and diagrams is very helpful. Nice starter text, but this. "Excellent" according to A Customer. John pelham is truly a remarkable figure of the American civil War. reading this book allowed me to better understand the sterling character and superb strategical skills of this "Boy major" recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about "The gallant pelham". Informative and Entertaining My 28 yr old son, David Pelham, was doing a Google search on the Pelham family When this book showed up he was amazed John Pelham could be David's twin, they look exactly alike down to the blond hair and blue eyes. Same character too. Yet my son's father, Geoffrey Pelham, was born and raised in England! No Pelhams from his family were known to have come to America befo