Tuesday, December 06, 2005

"The Civil War in Louisiana"

In my frequent searches for specialized books, I often come across good ones that are completely unpromoted. Some places you swear are trying to collect their own books! The Center for Louisiana Studies has published a nice series for the Louisiana Purchase bicentennial. Volume V, Part A of that series is titled The Civil War in Louisiana: Military Activities and is an excellent 750 page collection of previously published essays and journal articles. Go here for a table of contents.

Alternatively, those readers more interested in social and political subject matter have Part B, The Civil War in Louisiana: The Home Front for their perusal. Click on this link for more information about this book, including a contents list. Both A and B are edited by noted Louisiana historian Arthur Bergeron, Jr. and would be great additions to anyone's library of Trans-Mississippi books. The Center recently published a new much appreciated edition of the long out-of-print Yankee Autumn in Acadiana and I plan on regularly monitoring their site for any upcoming reprints or new publications.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tip, Drew! I'd never heard of this one, but I see there are articles by Ed Bearss, Charles Dufour, Daniel Sutherland, Larry Hewitt, Donald Frazier, Anne Bailey, Gary Joiner, Charlie Vetter, and Ted Savas, among others. An all-star cast, if you ask me.

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  2. Hi Sean,
    Glad to help. Yes, it is definitely a Who's Who of Trans-Mississippi scholars! BTW, if you are really interested in it I would recommend ordering from the Center directly by check...bad experience with their online partner BooksXYZ.

    Drew

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  3. Drew, thank you for the kind words about my two volumes. As you might imagine, it was difficult narrowing the number of essays, but I was pleased with the way the folks at the Center worked with me on the project. Now, if the darned thing would just sell!

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