Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Louisiana Quadrille becomes Pentadrille

At the conclusion of the third part of Donald Frazier and State House Press's thus far impressive "Louisiana Quadrille", Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi (2015), some readers questioned whether the author could possibly fit everything else into the fourth and final book in the series. Apparently, the author agreed with that assessment. The Fall/Winter Texas A&M Consortium catalog (of which State House Press is a member) provides official notice that the series scope has indeed now expanded to five books. If the Big 10 can have 14 member schools and the Big 12 can have 10 teams, then the "Louisiana Quadrille" can have five volumes.

The final two titles will be:

Volume 4: Storm on the Farthest Shore: The 1863 Campaigns for Texas.
Volume 5: Death at the Landing: The Contest for the Red River and the Collapse of Confederate Louisiana, March 1864-June 1865.

The catalog also mentions that the upcoming paperback version of Volume 1 Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861 - January 1863 will be a "revised and updated" 2nd Edition. I asked the author about the changes and its appears that they will be largely presentational in nature. In addition to those alterations that go with the new paperback format, there are a couple new images and the typographical errors have been cleaned up. Content is pretty much the same. Frazier also mentioned that Volume 4 is very far along on the road to completion.

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