Monday, February 9, 2009

Booknotes II (Feb. '09)

Other acquisitions or review copies received this month:

1. Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction by Allen C. Guelzo (Oxford Univ. Press, 2009). This pocket sized book is the Lincoln volume (#203!) of the Very Short Introductions series.

2. Campaigning with Uncle Billy: The Civil War Memoirs of Sgt. Lyman S. Widney, 34th Illinois Volunteer Infantry ed. by Robert I. Girardi (Trafford Publishing, 2008). This is one of the more detailed memoirs of a soldier serving in the western theater that I've come across.

3. The Flags Of Civil War Arkansas by Glenn Dedmondt (Pelican Publishing Co., 2009). I'm not quite sure how many states have been covered by Dedmondt so far (at least North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama remain in print), but this one and Missouri were scheduled for 2009. I haven't had a chance to examine the text yet, but the Arkansas volume is a beautiful book, a sturdy paperback with glossy pages packed with photographs and full color artist renderings of the flags. That said, vexillology is not one of my strong suits by a long shot.

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