Monday, April 4, 2016

Booknotes: The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide, 2nd Ed.

New Arrival:
The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: More than 500 Sites from Gettysburg to Vicksburg - Second Edition by Michael Weeks (Countryman Pr, 2016).

The first edition of The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide was published in 2009. The new 2016 Second Edition "contains information on and reviews of almost 450 historical sites across the United States related to the Civil War, including all 384 of the principal battlefields listed by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission. Every entry includes an in-depth overview of the history of the battle and its importance to the war, the must-see places at each site, as well as lodging and other travel information." The subtitle sells the book a bit short as many Civil War sites located in the Trans-Mississippi and Far West theaters, among other places, are also covered. The book sort of reminds me of a modernized and much better version of Cromie's classic continent-wide Civil War travel companion. For those doing more than just passing through, Weeks also includes in the book ten suggested multi-day trip schedules.

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