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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 Kincaids 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 Souths 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 "Kincaids Battery."
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 citys 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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