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The Chicago Mercantile Battery in the Civil War's Western Theater

Richard Brady Williams

Format: Trade Paper, 644 pages
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1932714-38-8
eBook: 978-1-61121-006-4
On Sale: Fall 2007

photos, illus., original maps, roster, appendices, biblio., index., cloth, and d.j.

The first history of this elite light artillery battery; based upon extensive primary accounts. Revised edition with 36 previously unpublished photographs!

Every copy ordered ships with a FREE copy of Civil War Regiments, Vol. Seven, No. 1: Chickamauga & Chattanooga.


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Praise for Chicago's Battery Boys

"Chicago's Battery Boys is one of the best artillery unit histories from either side in the modern literature, a significant contribution to our knowledge of the western and Trans-Mississippi campaigns and a fine tribute to the officers and men of the Chicago Mercantile Battery. Highly recommended."

– Andrew Wagenhoffer,

"The author has drawn upon numerous previously untapped documents and letters, some of which he has included in the text, providing first-hand accounts of a number of notable actions, and the life of the army, military politics, and American society."

– Al Nofi, New York Military Affairs Symposium

"In masterful fashion Williams builds on the Brown correspondence incorporating other eyewitness accounts to tell the story of Capt. White, Quartermaster Brown and their comrades' wartime experiences... Williams, thanks to his research and writing, has provided a masterful unit history about Chicago's Battery Boys."

- Edwin C. Bearss,
noted Civil War author and tour guide

"Chicago's Battery Boys is a very worthwhile contribution to our knowledge of the Civil War. I found the book to be well-written and well-researched, and the letters interesting and judiciously edited. I am grateful that authors such as Rick Williams have continued to build on the heritage of Red River Campaign, which I wrote almost 50 years ago. It is reassuring that the Red River still flows on."

- Dr. Ludwell H. Johnson,
author of Red River Campaign:
Politics and Cotton in the Civil War

"Chicago’s Battery Boys will be hailed as a classic unit history. This book is headed for the list of the very best soldier stories published on the American Civil War."

- Ed Porter,
The Lone Star


Richard Brady Williams

Richard Brady Williams is a business executive in the biotechnology field. For almost a decade, Richard has been conducting research on the Chicago Mercantile Battery and collecting memorabilia from the unit. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Read More...

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