Friday, June 9, 2017

Booknotes: Hidden History of Civil War Savannah

New Arrival:
Hidden History of Civil War Savannah by Michael L. Jordan (Arcadia Pub & The History Pr, 2017).

The "Hidden History" non-fiction series of books from The History Press are episodic collections of local history lore. Michael Jordan's look at Savannah's Civil War history begins with Alexander Stephens's famous "Cornerstone" speech. From there, the book explores the life of Savannah resident Francis Bartow, recounts Robert E. Lee's time spent in the city, describes the naval actions of the ironclad CSS Atlanta, chronicles the Union POW experience in Savannah, and discusses the 1864 evacuation. The final two chapters investigate the sources responsible for the destruction visited upon the city post-surrender and Savannah's Confederate memory past and present.

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