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Kincaid's Battery

by George Washington Cable

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Set in sultry New Orleans during the Civil War, this novel tells the story of a certain Confederate army artillery unit. It provides an account of the experiences of Hilary Kincaid’s Battery, or "the ladies’ men," as they are more playfully called, and gives insight into the nature of war, hope, and peace.

One of the South’s greatest writers of all time, George Washington Cable brings this story to life with his skilled use of beautiful language and detailed description. His words paint images that leap to life from the page. His extensive knowledge of the history of New Orleans and the South is evident in "Kincaid’s Battery."

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Meantime the captive Anna was less debarred than they. As Greenleaf and the Doctor, withdrawing, shut her door, and until their steps died away, she had stood by her table, her wide thought burning to know the whereabouts, doings, and plight of him, once more missing, with whom a scant year-and-a-half earlier--if any war-time can be called scant--she had stood on that very spot and sworn the vows of marriage: to know his hazards now, right now! with man; police, informer, patrol, picket, scout; and with nature; the deadly reptiles, insects, and maladies of thicketed swamp and sun-beaten, tide-swept marsh; and how far he had got on the splendid mission which her note, with its words of love and faith and of patriotic abnegation, had laid upon him.

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"Throughout that land of water and sky the willow clumps dotting the bosom of every sea-marsh and fringing every rush-rimmed lake were yellow and green in the full flush of a new year, the war year, ‘Sixty-one."

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Southern reformist George W. Cable (1844-1925) was the first fiction writer in the South to outwardly challenge the accepted literary tradition of the old South and its aristocracy. In his writings, he faithfully campaigned directly through his essays and indirectly through his stories and novels to reform the racial caste system and eradicate political corruption. Mr. Cable also touched on many other realities of the time including violence, racial intermarriage, and the vanishing of Creole culture. Through his pioneering use of dialect and his skill with the short-story form, Mr. Cable helped lead the Local Color movement of the late 1800s.

Mr. Cable was born and raised in New Orleans. He dropped out of school at fifteen, when his father died and he was forced to help support his family as a clerk. At the age of nineteen, he volunteered in the Confederate service, joining the Fourth Mississippi Cavalry. Two years later, he returned home where he worked as a columnist and reporter for the New Orleans Picayune under the pen name "Drop Shot."

In 1872, Mr. Cable was given access to the city’s archives at the Cabildo and the St. Louis Cathedral so he could do research on a series of articles. While in these archives, he discovered documents he began to turn into short stories, dramatizing New Orleans’ records of elaborate cultural and racial diversity since 1718. His publication in 1879 of Old Creole Days, a collection of seven short stories, established the genre of southern local-color fiction. Cable has been called the most important Southern artist working in the late nineteenth century, as well as the first modern Southern writer.



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