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Through the Eyes of a Soldier


: $49.95
Item Number: SOLD
Publisher / Author: Peter E. Randall Publisher
ISBN: 9781937721367
Through the Eyes of a Soldier,
A History of the Civil War as Seen by Battery L First United States Artillery, 1860 - 1865.
by Robert C. Simmonds. 
$49.95

Embark on a mission—the entire Civil War—based on the records of an “old army” unit; the professionals, the “leavening” melded into the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who came after April 15th 1861.

  • Hardcover with an index, bibliography & 4-color endleaf maps
  • Over 300 illustrations, including; maps, drawings, & photographs

Escaping the 1861 Texas Surrender to Fort Jefferson, off Key West, Battery L was assigned to a series of joint army/navy actions in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi river. The sweaty and bloody sieges at Port Hudson and Vicksburg finally completed the Anaconda Plan in July of 1863, with Union control of the river.

     Fearing that the French in Mexico might occupy Texas, Lincoln ordered an invasion. Grant, promoted to general-in-chief in March, 1864, saw the futility of the Red River Campaign, and called it to a halt. Lee in Virginia must be defeated if the war was to be won. No wild expedition elsewhere mattered. Battery L was subsequently transferred to Virginia, to fight with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, and in early 1865, to witness the end.


Advance Praise for Through the Eyes of a Soldier:

 “Written histories of the Union artillery batteries that took part in the Red River Campaign of 1864 are scarce… Simmonds helps fill this void and provides researchers as well as Civil War enthusiasts with a valuable reference work.”

—Scott Dearman, Park Superintendent, Mansfield State Historic Site, Civil War Battlefield

 

“It is rare when one finds histories of artillery batteries; rarer still are histories of U.S. regular artillery batteries… meticulously researched, rich in detail and description, this hardcover history takes the reader on a journey seldom experienced…”

—T. Jeff. Driscoll, Park Ranger, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

 

About the Author

Robert C. Simmonds received a BS degree in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1958. After army service he began employment in the fields of machinery research and development, in which he remained for his entire career. He received an MS from Northeastern University in 1967. His great-grandfather served in Battery L during the Civil War.

**The proceeds from the sale of this title will be used to support

Civil War battlefield land acquisition, historical education, and animal rights.**



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