Sunday, December 03, 2006

Blue & Gray notes

I recently finished the current issue of Blue & Gray and its impressive feature article by William Glenn Robertson. I haven't read much about the Chickamauga campaign beyond the magazine articles that frequently pop up and the books by Cozzens and Tucker, but I must say Robertson's operational history of the opening moves of Chickamauga campaign (the crossing of the Tennessee River below Chattanooga) is the clearest and most detailed I've come across. The day by day, full page operational maps were also crucially helpful (B&G rarely skimps on these--but the maps in this issue were exceptionally good). I wasn't aware that Robertson was considered "the man" when it comes to Chickamauga. His focused writing and tight organization seemingly crams a small book's worth of information into an article. I can't wait for the other two planned issues.

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In the book review section, it is mentioned that Richard McMurry is at work on a book about Joseph E. Johnston. No details about what its focus might be.

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B&G is in the middle of giving its website a makeover, presumably adding more features.

5 comments:

  1. Re: "In the book review section, it is mentioned that Richard McMurry is at work on a book about Joseph E. Johnston. No details about what its focus might be."

    No details, but might we safely assume it will be a harsh treatment, like Sears writing about McClellan, or Krick writing about Longstreet?

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  2. I am just curious to know what he has to say about Johnston which hasn't already been rehashed ad nauseum.

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  3. Art BergeronDecember 04, 2006

    Now if Glenn would just publish the book on Chickamauga he has been working on for decades!

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  4. Hello Andrew

    Thanks for the heads up on the Chickamauga article in Blue & Gray. I've never subscribed to that magazine and rarely get a chance to look at it. Like Art B., I've heard that Robertson was working on a Chickamauga book for a long time. I do know another author is working on a study of the battle. Regarding Richard McMurry, at one time he was going to work on a study of them main confederate army in the west. However, I never heard what happened to that project.

    Regards Don H.

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  5. Hi Don,
    B&G seems to be one of those rare publications that keeps getting better with age.

    I could be way off, but I thought Dave Powell was working on a Chickamauga book, too.

    A modern study of the Army of Tenn. would be welcome. It's northern counterparts are certainly getting theirs!

    Drew

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