of a battery of six pieces of horse artillery.
Some of these men were from Virginia
, but most of them were from Alabama
From Talladega, Ala.
, near Pelham
's home, went forty men under Lieutenant William McGregor
, a gallant officer now living in Texas
. One gun was manned by French Creoles from Mobile, Ala.
, who were called by Pelham
the ‘Napoleon Detachment.’
They were gallant fellows, and invariably in battle the voices of these men could be heard above the roar of the guns singing the ‘Marseillaise,’ that stirring song that roused the man of destiny's imperial eagles on many a gory field where the Old Guard could die, but never surrender.
This six-gun battery was the nucleus around which gathered that brave body of men that goes down in history as Stuart's horse artillery.
Wherever the dashing Stuart
and his cavalry went there were Pelham
and his war dogs.
and Cold Harbor Pelham
fought with bull dog tenacity.
At the latter fight he advanced one gun a third of a mile to the front, and for more than an hour it was the only gun on the Confederate
left firing, drawing the attention of a whole Federal battery, until Stuart
said to Stonewall Jackson
“General, all your artillery on the left is idle; nobody is firing except Pelham
After the battle the warm pressure of Jackson
's hand told Pelham
how well he had demeaned himself.
That is history.
Shortly after this Pelham
drove a gunboat from the ‘White House
’ with one gun.
He again received the thanks of old Stonewall at Second Manassas
, where he thrust his guns forward almost into the enemy's columns and used them with bloody effect.
During this fight Jackson
said to Stuart
, pointing to the young artillerist: ‘General, if you have another Pelham
give him to me.’
He was then twenty-three years old.
In the bloody repulse the Federals
received at Sharpsburg
, his guns roared for hours, and a little later he was with Stuart
in the bloody track he made from Aldie
's, fighting the immense odds of the foe till they were in a few yards of his guns, drawing off to a better position only to fight again.
In was in this gory track that an instance occurred which illustrates his courage.
He was with one gun far in advance of the others when the enemy almost reached him, and Stuart
ordered him to retire, but he begged to be allowed to remain a little longer, which request was granted.
His cannoneers scampered away and left him alone.
He loaded the piece and fired almost in the face of the enemy, surging forward like