Friday, February 3, 2017

Booknotes: Winchester's Three Battles

New Arrival:
Winchester's Three Battles: A Civil War Driving Tour Through Virginia's Most War-Torn Town by Brandon H. Beck (Angle Valley Pr, 2016).

Brandon Beck has authored or co-authored a number of Shenandoah Valley Civil War titles, including standalone studies of the Winchester battles. His latest (published last September) "is a concise driving tour and history of three battles fought around the town: the First Battle of Winchester in March 1862; the Second Battle of Winchester in June 1863; and the Third Battle of Winchester in September 1864."

An oversize 8 1/2 x 11 softcover around 190 pages in length, it generally follows the conventional guidebook formula in terms of presentation, integrating detailed driving directions and tour stop orientation, historical text, photographs, modern tour route maps, sidebars, and orders of battle. It's all done in an appealing manner, although the omission of historical battle maps is unfortunate. An additional chapter covers more sites not covered in the main tours.

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