By William Miller Owen, with a new introduction by Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr. Published by the Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge. Paperback, 495 pages, index, illustrations. Light wear.
Packed with color, drama, personal incidents, and battle descriptions, this volume is a Confederate classic.
As adjutant of the Battalion Washington Artillery of New Orleans, William Miller Owen was in an ideal position to observe his unit's inner workings. His service spanned the entire war- from Bull Run in 1861 to Appomattox in 1865- and during that time he drafted and received orders; fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga; and endured the siege at Petersburg. Well acquainted with the officer corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, Owen chatted with General James Longstreet, took rides with General Robert E. Lee, and dined with President Jefferson Davis.
Based on Owen's diary from these years and originally published in 1885, In Camp and Battle With The Washington Artillery of New Orleans delivers a sense of immediacy and intimacy, bringing to life the major figures and battles of the Army of Northern Virginia as well as lesser known Civil War episodes. In addition, Owen offers a splendid portrait of soldier and civilian life behind the lines. For this new edition, Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, Jr., has provided a long needed index and a new introduction that places the diary in the context of Civil War historiography. Filled with action, humor, and grim realism, this volume presents a stirring account of one of the most colorful and effective Confederate units, an account that will engross all Civil War scholars and enthusiasts. (From back cover).