Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Red River Campaign: The Union's Final Attempt to Invade Texas

After a lengthy delay, it looks like Gary Joiner's The Red River Campaign: The Union's Final Attempt to Invade Texas should be getting a wide release soon. The website of the publisher (State House/McWhiney Foundation Press) indicates that it's been out since 6/24 but I haven't received confirmation or the requested review copy yet. The page count is higher and price is steeper than the typical Civil War Campaigns and Commanders title so it seems to be something of a special entry in the long running series. Lest anyone remind me, yes, I know we've already absorbed Joiner's 200-page take on the campaign in One Damn Blunder and Through the Howling Wilderness, so I'm not expecting the text to be revelatory. Since no other previous overview study, and there have been many, has offered even an acceptable set of maps, I am hoping that the 20 in this book change that state of affairs. To me that would make the book a keeper all on its own.

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