Monday, November 9, 2009

Booknotes - "Cavalry of the Heartland"

For as many books as Edward Longacre has authored, I don't think I've actually read any of them (maybe his Pickett bio years ago), but the subject matter of his new study Cavalry of the Heartland: The Mounted Forces of the Army of Tennessee (Westholme Publishing, 2009) alone marked it as a highly anticipated title for me.

Glancing through it, it looks to be a quite detailed operational history of the western cavalry [the main text runs almost 350 pages at a small print font]. The bibliography is extensive -- by my rough count, almost 400 manuscript collections were cited. There are ten maps altogether, two battlefield drawings (Ft. Donelson and Monroe's Crossroads) with the balance composed of maps tracing operational scale movements.

I think it's safe to say that western theater enthusiasts will want to grab a copy of this book, another good looking title from Westholme. From what I can tell online, it appears to be scheduled for general release in a week or so.


  1. Looks good. Longacre's two books on the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac were both quite good. This looks to be in the same mold instead of one of his sort of quickie books that disappoints people.

  2. This does sound good. I especially enjoyed Longacre's biography of Hunt, which I still think is his best work to date.

    There is a resurgence of interest in the Western Theater, and it is about time. We now have in house a 400+ page manuscript by David Powell (author of our just released "The Maps of Chickamauga") tentatively titled "Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Cavalry in the Chickamauga Campaign." It is a tactical and biographical blow by blow study that battle purists will find quite interesting. Expect a lot of maps.

    A tenative Fall 2010 release date has been scheduled.


  3. Looking forward to this title by Longacre. Besides, Forrest, Wheeler and Morgan, I'm looking forward to learning more about some of the other cavalry leaders.

    I agree with TPS's comments about the Western Theater. The manuscript he mentions also sounds very good.

    Don Hallstrom


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