Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Booknotes: Texans at Gettysburg

New Arrival:
Texans at Gettysburg: Blood and Glory with Hood's Texas Brigade edited by Joseph L. Owen and Randy S. Drais (Casemate, 2016).

This book is an edited documentary collection of Gettysburg diaries, letters, generals's correspondence, interviews, newspaper articles, speeches, and reminiscences from members of Hood's famous Texas Brigade (1st, 4th and 5th Texas plus 3rd Arkansas). The "speeches were given in the decades after the battle during the annual reunions of Hood's Brigade Association and the dedication of the Hood's Brigade Monument that took place on 26-27 October 1910 at the state capital in Austin, Texas." It will be especially valuable for those primarily seeking accounts written by front line privates and sergeants, of which there are many included. Editors Owen and Drais also contribute a brief brigade history, short introductory segments placed throughout, and endnotes.

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