September list of book acquisitions:
Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family compiled and edited by Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell (Reminiscing Books, 2008). An edited compilation centered around the three journals written by Cornelia Henry from 1861-1868, this lengthy and finely presented volume provides a wealth of information for researchers investigating a hot spot of Civil War scholarship -- western North Carolina.
A Brief Guide to Florida's Monuments and Memorials by Roberta Sandler (Univ. Press of Florida, 2008). The Civil War is just one focus of this touring guide, which selectively covers sites relevant to the state's entire social, political, and military history.
Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain by Jay Luvaas and Harold W. Nelson (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2008). Same classic format, but with more and better maps. Rather than resting on its laurels, it's nice to see continued improvement from the venerable the U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles series.
The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination by Gary Ecelbarger (St. Martin's Press, 2008). Perhaps more than anything else, having read the author's impeccable military studies, I am interested in seeing Ecelbarger's approach to political history.