Sunday, July 16, 2006

New book by Gary Joiner

Thanks to Brett for pointing out an upcoming Red River Campaign book by well known expert Gary Joiner. It looks like a early Fall release for Through the Howling Wilderness: The 1864 Red River Campaign and Union Failure in the West.

From the publisher description, the military subject matter appears similar to that covered in his earlier work One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End, especially the emphasis on Confederate defensive measures, but presumably it will be more detailed. Other areas of concentration seem to be the military and socio-political consequences of the campaign, for the rest of the war and into the Reconstruction period. The jacket blurb hints at an evaluation of combatant attitudes as well and perhaps we shall see some research into A.J. Smith's "Gorillas" as a prelude to the full study to be undertaken in the future by Steven Woodworth. I'm looking forward to this one.

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