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Three Cheers for the Chesapeake!: History of the 4th Maryland Light Artillery Battery in the Civil War

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Three Cheers for the Chesapeake!: History of the 4th Maryland Light Artillery Battery in the Civil War

Rick Richter

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Illustrated with previously unpublished photos, letters, documents, and diary entries, the untold story of the Chesapeake Artillery comes to light. Comprised chiefly of men who lived near the shores of its namesake bay, the Chesapeake Artillery was the last Confederate battery organized from the state of Marylan. It was also by far the smallest, with barely more than half the average enrollment of other Maryland batteries in the Confederate army. Despite its size, the unit was frequently cited for its bravery and efficiency, including by Stonewall Jackson. This is the history of the unit, from its formation through all its battles with the Army of Northern Virginia until the surrender at Appomattox, where only 13 men remained. A unique statistical analysis of census and military records data highlights its characteristics. Included is a complete roster of all the men who served in the unit.

Size: 7″ x 10″ | 51 color and b/w photos | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764352621 | Binding: hard cover

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Rick Richter was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Notre Dame. This book is the culmination of 25 years of research on the Chesapeake Artillery. Rick has lectured on the battery before battlefield preservation and living history groups. He appeared as a consulting historian on the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries of the National Parks” episode about the action at Benner’s Hill during the battle of Gettysburg. He is a member of the Civil War Trust, the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association, the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, and the Society of Civil War Historians.