Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Booknotes III (March '10 )

New additions this month:

1. Pittsburgh during the American Civil War 1860-1865 by Arthur B. Fox (Mechling Books, 2009 2nd ed.).

Fox's heavily illustrated book (out with a new edition last year) discusses Pittsburgh's industrial and military contributions, as well as information on hospitals, POW housing, burials, and other people and site histories. The city's earthwork defenses are also outlined, supplemented by a pullout map.

2. Civil War Veterans and Union Troop Organizations in Southeast Missouri by Bob Schmidt (Author, printed by Camp Pope Publishing, 2010).

Schmidt's book provides around 100 biographical sketches of Union and Confederate soldiers, militiamen, etc. from SE Missouri, ranging in rank from officers on down to privates. Following that is a series of brief unit histories of Missouri State Militia, Enrolled Missouri Militia, other militia, independent companies, and regular units native to the region. The biographies and unit histories are composed of a mixture of author narrative, drawings, maps, and reproduced archival documents.

3. Veterans and Events in the Civil War in Southeast Missouri, Volume II by Bob Schmidt (Author, printed by Press of the Camp Pope Bookshop, 2006 rep. ed.).

Similar in design and appearance to the above volume. Contents include: "Fresh research on another aspect of the Battle of Pilot Knob, concerning the execution of Major James Wilson and his men, the retaliation executions of the Confederates in St. Louis, and the planned retaliation execution of Major Enoch O. Wolf. Regimental history/roster of the 78th Enrolled Missouri Militia, which was comprised mostly of Ste. Genevieve and Perry County men. In depth information on John Koester, Charles Kannawurf, Charles Doerge, Anselm Stolzer and Leopold Naeger, who were immigrant Germans serving in the Civil War."

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