Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Booknotes II (June '09)

Acquisitions or review copies received this month:

1. The New Civil War Handbook: Facts and Photos for Readers of All Ages by Mark Hughes (Savas Beatie, 2009).
Click here for a summary recently posted by Harry at Bull Runnings. My own first impression is similar.

2. Homegrown Yankees: Tennessee's Union Cavalry in the Civil War by James Alex Baggett (LSU Press, 2009).
This is a thick tome that looks to be focused on the organizational and military history of the Union Tennessee cavalry regiments.

3. "Liberty to the Downtrodden": Thomas L. Kane, Romantic Reformer by Matthew J. Grow (Yale Univ. Press, 2009).
Kane helped raise and lead the famous "Bucktail" regiment of Pennsylvania Reserves. Promoted to brigadier general, he served until late 1863, when he resigned due to ill health. The focus of Grow's biography appears to be Kane's public defense and promotion of social, religious, and political causes and freedoms, especially that of the Mormons.


  1. Have you checked out Winston Groom's Vicksburg 1863?

    Naim Peress

  2. I thumbed through it at a bookstore. I don't see any scholarly merit in it, especially given the quality of other single volume works [esp. Ballard and Grabau] on the subject.


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