Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Booknotes (February '11)

New Arrivals:

1. Lincoln and Citizens' Rights in Civil War Missouri: Balancing Freedom and Security by Dennis K. Boman (LSU Pr, 2011).

This book takes a detailed look at administration policies aimed at suppressing active and passive opposition in Missouri and the constant conflict between those and the traditional constitutional protections of the rights of private citizens.

2. A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War by Sean A. Scott (Oxford Univ Pr, 2010).

Scott examines the northern home front's support of the war through the perspectives of church leaders and their congregations.

3. This Birth Place of Souls: The Civil War Nursing Diary of Harriet Eaton edited by Jane E. Schultz (Oxford Univ Pr, 2010).

Eaton, a Baptist from Portland, Maine, served as a nurse for the sick and wounded of the Army of the Potomac, beginning with Antietam's aftermath. This is the diary's first publication and includes "an extensive introduction by the editor, transcriptions of relevant letters and newspaper articles, and a comprehensive biographical dictionary of the people mentioned in the diary." According to the publisher's description, Eaton's writings are unusually free of reticence.

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