Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Big Bethel book
I've been hoping for some time for a book length study of the 1861 Battle of Big Bethel to emerge. It appears the wait is over. Later this month, frequent Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula writer John Quarstein's new book Big Bethel: The First Battle will be published by The History Press. The Civil War Sesquicentennial Series "battle books" are a fairly uneven bunch, with synthetic works directed at general readers on one hand and carefully annotated, deeply researched, and impressively mapped studies on the other. I don't know which category this one will fall into. Hopefully, a table of contents will be added to the listing soon. I like that folk art cover image.