Acquisitions or review copies received this month:
1. Bleeding Borders: Race, Gender, and Violence in Pre-Civil War Kansas by Kristen Tegtmeier Oertel (LSU Press, 2009).
The only other recent book I can think of with a similar take on the border conflict is Virgil Dean's essay compilation Kansas Territorial Reader (Kansas State Historical Society, 2005).
2. Artillery and Ammunition of the Civil War by Warren Ripley (Author, 1984).
The 4th (revised) edition appears to be self published after previous editions from the early 1970s by Litton Educational Publishing and Promontory Press. It's a great all-in-one guide, although most consider the best specialized artillery reference works to be Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War, Revised Edition (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2004) and The Big Guns: Civil War Siege, Seacoast, and Naval Cannon (Museum Restoration Service, 1997).
3. Moore's Historical Guide To The Battle Of Bentonville by Mark A. Moore (Savas Publishing Co., 1997).
A great map study companion to Mark Bradley's Last Stand in the Carolinas.