Thursday, December 08, 2011

Booknotes II (December '11)

New Arrivals:

1. The Settlers' War: The Struggle for the Texas Frontier in the 1860s by Gregory Michno (Caxton Pr, 2011).

The post-secession withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Lone Star State's northern and western borders, and their inadequate replacement with Texas and Confederate units, led to large scale Indian troubles for the region's settlers. The story has been told before in scholarly publications, but Michno's perspective should prove interesting.

2. Civil War in Northern Virginia 1861 by William S. Connery (The History Pr, 2011).

A brief summary of the first months of the war in Loudon, Prince William, and Fairfax counties.

3. The 1865 Stoneman's Raid Ends: Follow Him to the Ends of the Earth by Joshua Beau Blackwell (The History Pr, 2011).

The second of a two-volume popular history of Stoneman's Raid.

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