Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Various Things

1. Brett Schulte has a new website/blog/resource compilation all-in-one Petersburg Campaign project online. Check it out at: Beyond the Crater: The Civil War Petersburg Campaign Online.

2. Given its widespread consideration as a backwater military front, the Civil War in Florida has actually been accorded a fair amount of coverage in the literature, and it looks to continue. Back in 1984, Daniel Schafer published Jacksonville's Ordeal By Fire: A Civil War History (Florida Publishing Co.), and, next spring, University Press of Florida is set to release his new book Thunder on the River: The Civil War in Northeast Florida.

3. Some state and local governments are gearing up for Sesquicentennial festivities, and at least one publisher is also getting in on the act. The History Press Civil War Sesquicentennial Series has a bunch of interesting titles in line for release this year. The latest schedule includes:
  • The Union is Dissolved! Charleston and Fort Sumter in the Civil War
  • The Chancellorsville Campaign: The Nation’s High Water Mark
  • The Confederacy’s Secret Weapon: The Civil War Illustrations of Frank Vizetelly
  • The Battle of Cedar Creek: Victory From the Jaws of Defeat
  • The Battle of Brandy Station: North America’s Largest Cavalry Battle
  • The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Prairie
  • The Battle of Franklin: The Devil Had Full Possession of the Earth
I understand from his blog that Eric Wittenberg is the author of the Brandy Station volume. Being a western guy, the Okolona study will be of interest. There doesn't appear to be a webpage devoted to the series yet, but the publisher's new website is up.


  1. Drew - I'm pleased to let you know that I signed a contract with History press yesterday for another book in the series, tentatively entitled: Marching Onward to Victory: Notre Dame and the Civil War. We are shooting for late 2010 publication. While the school's priest-chaplains and sister-nurses have received attention (with good cause!), there is a LOT more to the story including political squabbles, the Sherman family, student-soldiers who rose to the rank of general, as well as student Medal of Honor recipient. I'll keep you posted!

    Keep up the great work,

    Jim Schmidt

  2. Drew,

    I am indeed the author of the Brandy Station volume. I have also proposed another volume for the series on Dinwiddie Court House and Five Forks.



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