Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The History Press (November books)

The History Press is an extremely prolific publisher based out of Charleston, SC. They do frequently put out Civil War related titles, but I've only sampled one so far, a very good one authored by Chris Meekins, reviewed here back in February. More recently, Kentucky author Bryan Bush has published a touring book with them, Louisville & the Civil War: A History & Guide.

November will see the release of several titles of interest to me. I've often pondered why no one has yet written a book length account of Robert E. Lee's time as a department commander responsible for the defense of the Confederacy's South Atlantic seaboard. The wait appears to over with Daniel J. Crooks's Lee in the Lowcountry: Defending Charleston & Savannah 1861-1862
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A four-volume series of South Carolina unit histories authored by Robert S. Seigler is also in the November pipeline:
  1. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States: The Lowcountry & Pee Dee
  2. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States: The Midlands
  3. South Carolina's Military Organizations During the War Between the States: The Upstate
  4. South Carolina Military Organizations During the War Between the States: Statewide Units, Militia & Reserves
Each volume is of substantial length, at around 400 pages or more, and promises a hearty amount of detail for each unit. For the moment, I don't know anything more about these beyond the short descriptions from the publisher website (scroll down near the bottom to find the series list).

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