Thursday, March 18, 2010
Booknotes - "Yankee Warhorse"
I will be very keen on reading the newly arrived Yankee Warhorse: A Biography of Major General Peter J. Osterhaus by Mary Bobbitt Townsend (Univ. of Missouri Press, 2010). It is the first full biography of the German-American. Before and after the war chapters bookend those detailing the general's participation in Wilson's Creek & Pea Ridge, the Vicksburg Campaign, Chattanooga, Atlanta & the March to the Sea, and Mobile Bay & Reconstruction. It is understandable that Townsend being the gg-grandaughter of Osterhaus would raise hagiographical concerns, but the publisher rarely disappoints and historian Earl Hess assures us in his Introduction that the author has produced a "first-rate biography".