Sunday, October 12, 2014

Corps Commanders in Blue

LSU Press's Corps Commanders in Blue: Union Major Generals in the Civil War (edited by Ethan Rafuse) is out now a few weeks early. The guys under the microscope are Porter, Mansfield, McPherson, Meade, Hancock, Hooker, Franklin, and Gilbert. The last is a curious choice as he was never confirmed as a major general, fighting in only one battle (Perryville) at that rank in an acting capacity. The East and West balance is fairly good, with Franklin even serving a bit in the Trans-Mississippi, and there's more than enough controversy surrounding most to fuel interesting debate. The last essay collection published by LSUP was exceptionally good so here's hoping that high level is maintained.

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