Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Booknotes II (April '09)

Acquisitions or review copies received this month:

1. Lone Star Regiments in Gray by Ralph A. Wooster (Eakin Press, 2002).
Wooster's regimental guide is unusual in that he organizes it by brigade and region served, rather than by the typical regiment and number. There are also brief summaries for each artillery battery.

2. Moss Bluff Rebel: A Texas Pioneer in the Civil War by Philip Caudill (TAMU Press, 2009).
A biographical account, based on the papers of William Berry Duncan, a reluctant Confederate soldier who served in the 11th Texas (Spaight's) Battalion, later the 21st Texas Infantry. Looks like some good insight into the Civil War in the SE Texas/SW Louisiana region.

3. Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War: Letters of the Anderson, Brockman, and Moore Families, 1853-1865 edited by Tom Moore Craig (USC Press, 2009).
This is an edited collection of over a decade of correspondence between neighboring members of three upper class Spartanburg County, SC families. The wartime letters are to and from the eastern theater campaigns and home. The press materials note that the collection contains two very rare slave letters written by body servants at the front.

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