New additions this month:
1. American Civil War Railroad Tactics by Robert Hodges & Peter Dennis (illus.) (Osprey Publishing, 2009)
2. American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics by Sean McLachlan & Gerry Embleton (illus.) (Osprey Publishing, 2009).
Part of the Elite Series, the above pair of works are, as far as I know, the first Civil War books from Osprey that specifically look at tactics. The former seems to focus on raiding and defensive countermeasures rather than introducing the reader to the strategic or operational use of railroads during the war. The latter takes an across the board look at its subject, perhaps defining guerrilla warfare a bit too broadly given its section on Brice's Crossroads. Some fine looking artwork, too.
3. U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2009).
This one just arrived (and should be in retail outlets very soon), but I finished the ARC a while back so I can comment on it. It's my opinion that Waugh's writing and analysis in this work is at its weakest when discussing Grant's military career, but I really enjoyed the latter part of the book, a rather moving chronicle of Grant's final years and what he meant to the citizens of this country in the latter part of the 19th Century.