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A Small but Spartan Band: The Florida Brigade in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia Hardcover – March 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817316795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817316792
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Small but Spartan Band brings the nature and rigors of Civil War life alive in a vivid and meaningful manner. The Florida Brigade, its men, and its experiences merit this consideration. The story of their sacrifices helps us to better understand the realities endured at the nation’s great turning point.”

—Canter Brown Jr., author of FortMeade, 1849–1900 and Florida’s Black Public Officials, 1867–1924


"A Small but Spartan Band offers a thoughtful history of the Florida Brigade and a briskly written narrative, with concise summaries of the battles and campaigns suitable for both professional and armchair historians. The book is also generously illustrated with twenty-one images, including ten maps. With this volume, the authors have gone a long way to restoring the credit Captain Bryan and his comrades deserve."--The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

About the Author

Zack C. Waters is Adjunct Professor of history at Georgia Highlands College. He has published articles on Florida’s CSA history in Florida Historical Quarterly, Civil War Regiments, Apalachee Review, and El Escribano.
 
James C. Edmonds is self-employed in Port Royal, South Carolina.

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Well written, thoroughly researched and sourced.
R. Smith
This excellent book by Zack C. Waters and James C. Edmonds is a welcome addition of excellent books about the Army Of Northern Virigina under General Robert E. Lee.
Joe Owen
Really good book..a must read for those intrested in civil war history.
Jman35r

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By CTS 2631 on March 2, 2010
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The answer is yes. They did fight, for both sides. This excellent book by Zack C. Waters and James C. Edmonds will help answer that question, at least for the Florida infantry regiments that served in the Army of Northern Virginia from 1861 till 1865. The number of regiments would eventually total six, and these "Flowers" (Floridas state nickname at the time of the Civil War was "Land of Flowers") would march, fight, and die in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania before the pitiful remnants of the Florida Brigade would stack their arms and furl their colors at Appomattox Courthouse in April, 1865.

The book begins with the formation of the Second Florida Infantry, nicknamed by the Regiments members the state's "representative regiment", and its transfer to Virginia as the first state unit dispatched to the Old Dominion. Interestingly, the unit arrived at Richmond on 21 July, 1861. The day the Battle of First Manassas unfolded along the banks of Bull Run! Part of their duties included gaurding Union prisoners from the battle. It is the little facts like this, throughout the book, that made it such interesting reading for myself (a native Floridian and Civil War buff) because I know from looking for titles on Florida troops in the Civil War, and through online research, that there has never been anything like this book! I am truly amazed due to the lack of resources available, that such a scholarly, thoroughly researched, and well written account could even be pieced together. This book is definately something new and original that adds to the available literature on the American Civil War. Instead of grinding out another book on the Battle of Gettysburg, or Vicksburg, the authors have added something to our understanding of this conflict.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Redd VINE VOICE on March 28, 2010
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For those with an interest in Floridians who fought in the Civil War you understand the difficulties in finding good material. For the most part the contributions to the fighting side of the war were limited and source material is difficult to find. This is not to say that Floridians did not do their part for the Confederate effort however. Zack Waters and James Edmonds have spent years researching to try and put an end to the belief that Floridians (or Flowers as they were often called due to Florida being the "Land of Flowers") were cowards in battle as has been put forth in the past. For those Floridians who fought in the Army of Norhtern Virginia they have finally received their due credit.

Traditionally the Florida Brigade has consisted of the 2nd, 5th, and 8th Infantry Regiments and was led by Edward A. Perry (thus Perry's Brigade). Three other regiments (9th, 10th, and 11th) were added later in the war. As the war progressed the brigade was at times led by Col. David Lang and later on a permanent basis by Brigadier General Joseph Finegan. The very end of the war saw T.W. Brevard promoted to Brigadier General. Brevard was commanding at the surrender at Appomattox.

Perry's Brigade was at many of the major battles of the war though they did not participate in all of them. Floridians suffered major losses at battles such as Seven Pines, Sharpsburg, Gettysburg (they took part in Pickett's Charge), The Wilderness, and Cold Harbor. In addition to battlefield casualties the brigade had major issues with sickness and desertion which became more problematic as the war progressed. Sickness during the siege at Petersburg became rampant as poor rations, poor living conditions (including filth and vermin), and bad weather took their toll. The winter of 1864 prompted Dr.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. on March 13, 2010
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Little has been written lately about Florida's part in the War between the States. Dale Cox has written two excellent books on two of the battles (Marianna and Natural Bridge)but this is the first to give justice to the Florida Brigade in Virginia. Which is what one of the themes that was brought up in the beginning of the book. Some of the sources used I've seen before but there is a lot more that I've never even knew existed. The authors have done a excellent job which should correct many of the wrongs written about these men in other books on the history of the war. Modern Florida unit histories are rare only two that I know of in the past 15 years, so this book is a wonderful edition. Now if someone will do the same for the Florida regiments and batteries that served in Tennessee and the Army of Tennessee.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on December 26, 2010
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I never knew too much about the five regiments of Florida troops that served under General Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia, but it feels a huge relief to finally know the story of these forgotten men and their regiments as they endure bloodshed in numerous campaigns and their struggle to keep the pride of their home state and families back home as each regiment is dwindled down to the size of barely a company, despite the arrival of more Florida reinforcements and the accusation of cowardice in some of the campaigns.
I just started reading this book a few days ago and it is a real eye-opener! What a shame to finally hear about these men and their actions and heroics throughout all 5 Florida regiments when so many books have been written about lesser Civil War topics. When you buy and read this book, it feels great to know that these stories have finally been read about and can be remembered for all time.
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