Thursday, July 17, 2008

Booknotes (July 08)

The slow June-July release schedule allowed me to catch up on my backlog of promised reviews.

July list of book acquisitions:

Siege Train: The Journal of a Confederate Artilleryman in the Defense of Charleston by Edward Manigault, ed. Warren Ripley (Univ. of South Carolina Press, H-1986 P-1996). This is one of the essential volumes of the Civil War Charleston library. Manigault was an unusually dedicated diarist and meticulous chronicler of the more technical aspects of his military trade. Two large pullout maps and a number of wonderful illustrations grace its pages. Nice editing work by Ripley.

Major General Robert E. Rodes of the Army of Northern Virginia: A Biography by Darrell L. Collins (Savas Beatie, 2008). I liked the author's earlier work (see reviews of his Salem Raid and Jones-Imboden Raid books), but this Rodes bio appears to be his best researched effort to date. One other interesting thing of note is the appearance of former N&S magazine editor and fine fellow Terry Johnston as an editor for this manuscript. In further biography news, the same publisher has another in the pipeline, this one is a new Sickles bio.

Lincoln's Labels: America's Best Known Brands and the Civil War by James M. Schmidt (Edinborough Press, 2008). A very enjoyable book, and that's from someone whose regular reading does not at all include business histories.


  1. Hello Drew

    Read your blog 4 times a week and always look forward to your notes on upcoming books. I heard the virtual webcast Mr. Collins did from Abraham Lincoln Bookshop. It was very interesting and the book sounds like a good read.

    Rod Andrew was also the same webcast and his biography of Wade Hampton sounds like it will be the best of the 4 fairly recent books on that general.

    I really enjoy the books Savas Beatie publishes. Didn't know there was a biography on Sickles. I know they are also releasing a book on the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg. I've also heard they are publishing a book on South Mountain?

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Hi Don,
    Glad to hear you enjoy your frequent visits.

    About the South Mountain book, all I know it that it was mentioned on the publisher's blog a short while back as an upcoming work under contract.


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