Friday, September 12, 2008

Booknotes (September 08)

September list of book acquisitions:

Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family compiled and edited by Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell (Reminiscing Books, 2008). An edited compilation centered around the three journals written by Cornelia Henry from 1861-1868, this lengthy and finely presented volume provides a wealth of information for researchers investigating a hot spot of Civil War scholarship -- western North Carolina.

A Brief Guide to Florida's Monuments and Memorials by Roberta Sandler (Univ. Press of Florida, 2008). The Civil War is just one focus of this touring guide, which selectively covers sites relevant to the state's entire social, political, and military history.

Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain by Jay Luvaas and Harold W. Nelson (Univ. Press of Kansas, 2008). Same classic format, but with more and better maps. Rather than resting on its laurels, it's nice to see continued improvement from the venerable the U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles series.

The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination by Gary Ecelbarger (St. Martin's Press, 2008). Perhaps more than anything else, having read the author's impeccable military studies, I am interested in seeing Ecelbarger's approach to political history.


  1. In regards to the new Atlanta Guide, I agree for what it covers it is good, But I disagree with their decission to not include any of the sites in the city itself. They are mistaken in their assumption that you cannot tour sites like Ezra Church, where there still remains enough to be able to get some insight into the battle.

    Lee White

  2. Lee,
    Initially, I assumed ending at Kennesaw Mtn. meant they had a Vol. 2 planned (as it's a big book as is), but then Brett mentioned in his TOCWOC review that they decided not to include any Atlanta sites. I've never been to Atlanta outside the airport, but I assume there has to be markers all over the city? It looks like the Chattahoochee sites were left out as well. I think Dave Woodbury posted pictures of earthwork remnants a while back on his blog.

  3. Drew,
    All true. I toured the Ezra Church sites back in January, and got a decent understanding of the battle, although it is heavily developed. As to the Chattahochee line, there are several of the Shoupades around, along with the markers for where Generals Walker and MacPhearson were killed. Peachtree Creek can also be toured along the same lines as Ezra. If you get a chance the next time your in Atlanta, I think you would enjoy checking some of the sites out.



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