Send the Alabamians (Hardcover)
World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division
University Alabama Press, 9780817318383, 368pp.
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
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To mark the centenary of World War I, Send the Alabamians tells the remarkable story of a division of Alabama recruits whose service Douglas MacArthur observed had not “been surpassed in military history.” The book borrows its title from a quip by American General Edward H. Plummer who commanded the young men during the inauspicious early days of their service. Impressed with their ferocity and esprit de corps but exasperated by their rambunctiousness, Plummer reportedly exclaimed:
In time of war, send me all the Alabamians you can get, but in
time of peace, for Lord’s sake, send them to somebody else!
The ferocity of the Alabamians, so apt to get them in trouble at home, proved invaluable in the field. At the climactic Battle of Croix Rouge, the hot-blooded 167th exhibited unflinching valor and, in the face of machine guns, artillery shells, and poison gas, sustained casualty rates over 50 percent to dislodge and repel the deeply entrenched and heavily armed enemy.
Relying on extensive primary sources such as journals, letters, and military reports, Frazer draws a vivid picture of the individual soldiers who served in this division, so often overlooked but critical to the war’s success. After Gettysburg, the Battle of Croix Rouge is the most significant military engagement to involve Alabama soldiers in the state’s history. Families and genealogists will value the full roster of the 167th that accompanies the text.
Richly researched yet grippingly readable, Nimrod T. Frazer’s Send the Alabamians will delight those interested in WWI, the World Wars, Alabama history, or southern military history in general. Historians of the war, regimental historians, military history aficionados, and those interested in previously unexplored facets of Alabama history will prize this unique volume as well.
About the Author
Edwin C. Bridges served for thirty years as the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
Praise For Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division…
—General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired)
“Nimrod T. Frazer has created a moving textual memorial to the men of the 167th, about whom a brigadier general once exclaimed, “In time of war, send me all the Alabamians you can get, but in time of peace, for Lord’s sake, send them to somebody else!” Send the Alabamians recovers a long-forgotten chapter in Alabama history and represents an important contribution to scholarship on America and the Great War.”
—The Alabama Review
—Major General Joseph Taluto (US Army, Retired), chairman Rainbow Division Veterans Foundation
"Frazier's study succeeds on at least three levels. First, it is an outstanding example of a combat history of a prominent American military unit during the Great War. Second, Frazer's study makes a contribution to the ever-growing histiography that covers the exploits of the Rainbow Division, and third, his book captures the essence of the Alabamians as a fighting collection of citizen soldiers."
—US Military History Review