James Battle Avirett (1837-1912) was an American author. He grew up in the antebellum South and became an ardent defender of its traditions. During the Civil War he served the Confederacy as a chaplain to General Turner Ashby, the Chief of Cavalry under General Stonewall Jackson. His works include: The Memoirs of General Turner Ashby and His Companeers (1867), A Pamphlet: Who Was the Rebel? (1897) and The Old Plantation: How We Lived in Great House and Cabin Before the War (1901).