Saturday, February 19, 2011

Booknotes V (February '11)

New Arrivals:

1. Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition to the Susquehanna River, June 1863 by Scott Mingus (Savas Beatie, 2011).

I never did get to reviewing this book the first time around, but this new revised edition is worth a look. There certainly is a night and day difference in the presentation.

2. Shifting Loyalties: The Union Occupation of Eastern North Carolina by Judkin Browning (UNC Press, 2011).

This study chronicles the Union occupation of Carteret and Craven counties in NC. The focus is on white and black Unionists in the region, many of the former appearing to have soured on the experience by 1865.

3. Moments of Despair: Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina by David Silkenat (UNC Press, 2011).

I have no idea how well developed the current literature is on how the Civil War changed the cultural landscape when it came to moral sanctions against suicide, divorce, and indebtedness, but it is not surprising that one would find the southern experience exceptional, given the pace and scale of social and economic changes.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for mentioning Flames Beyond Gettysburg, Drew. Scott did a great job, and we are excited to bring this title back into print in this fully revised edition. All the maps are by Steve Stanley (who needs no introduction to this blog). We have signed bookplates for sales through Savas Beatie if anyone is interested.

    Thanks again.

    Theodore P. Savas
    Savas Beatie LLC


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