Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Booknotes II (June '10)

New Arrivals:

1. Haunted by Atrocity: Civil War Prisons in American Memory by Benjamin G. Cloyd (LSU Press, 2010).

Cloyd seems to want to argue that, although competing accusations of willful mistreatment inhibited reconciliation through the early 20th Century, the passing away of the Civil War generation and the scale of unspeakable crimes against prisoners in the two world wars tended to result in a shared understanding that masked the true horrors of Civil War prisons.

2. Mississippi in the Civil War: The Home Front by Timothy B. Smith (U. of Mississippi Press, 2010).

Smith has been busy these past few years, with seemingly every season having at least one book released with his name attached. This one takes an in depth look at all segments of Mississippi society during the war years.

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