Sunday, January 9, 2011

Booknotes (January '11)

New Arrivals:

1. Railroads of the Civil War: An Illustrated History by Michael Leavy (Westholme, 2010).

The text portion of the book is a pretty general overview (not a scholarly look at the war's use of railroads or their equipment), but the pictorial facet is the main focus and there are loads of photographs I [admittedly, not a railroad guy] have never seen before in print.

2. Shadow of Shiloh: Major General Lew Wallace in the Civil War by Gail Stephens (Indiana HS Pr, 2010).

This attractive oversize volume has the appearance of a well researched and documented examination of Wallace's command history in western Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Maryland. I look forward to reading what, if anything, it can add to our current understanding of the Shiloh controversy.

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