Greatly loved by those
who served under him, Lieutenant Colonel William Gaston Delony
possessed three admirable attributes: “commanding presence, bull dog
courage, and superb generalship.”
THE LEGION'S FIGHTING BULLDOG relays the story of a young man, on the
cusp of a promising law career in the 1850s who comes to the conclusion
that his way of life, and that of his neighbors, is about to change
forever. Interwoven with those of his wife, Rosa Eugenia Huguenin, the
Delony correspondence furnishes us a window into the lives of
independent individuals during the Civil War who also happened to be
well-placed in society due to birth.
These writings give the reader insights into what soldiers thought and
felt, and of what their families went through, both on the battlefield
and at home. Delony doesn’t just write about his movements or the
battles he has participated in—although he does a very good job of
relaying information on that front—he also writes about the military and
domestic activities taking place, as well as some of his innermost
feelings. Delony expresses concern for his wife’s struggles with her
pregnancy as well as his own woundings, even though he attempts to play
down the latter. Rosa’s letters in response express her concerns for her
husband and the wellbeing of their children.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Delony was well educated for the period. A lawyer prior to the war, his tremendous inherent tenacity and fighting ability made him the first Georgia Bulldog.