Friday, June 2, 2006
Bruce Nichols and guerrilla warfare in Missouri
Speaking of large scale projects, defense analyst and Civil War Missouri historian Bruce Nichols is in the midst of an admirable multi-volume effort of his own. He is compiling an encyclopedic (or at least that's how I'd describe it) history of guerrilla warfare in Missouri, with each volume representing a year's time.
Volume I, Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Missouri, 1862 (McFarland, 2004) organized events geographically by dividing the state into four regions and chronologically by season. Keenly suited to the job, Nichols is a well-known researcher of the subject matter and I am pleased to discover that Volume II is scheduled for release by McFarland in Fall/Winter 2006. Presumably it will be organized along similar lines. This series should become a standard reference work.
I love the choice for cover art...one of my favorite Civil War paintings.