Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Booknotes VI ( August '11 )

New Arrivals:

1. Always In The Middle Of The Battle: Edward Kiniry and the 1st Illinois Light Artillery Battery D by David Edward Wall (Xlibris, 2011).

Wall explores the battery's Civil War service through the writings of Kiniry and others. In addition to the narrative, the volume is well stocked with maps and the author also provides a battery roster and OB info for the unit at appropriate intervals.

2. Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge by Scott C. Patchan (Potomac Books, 2011).

As John Hennessy writes in the introduction, this book offers more detail and understanding of Chinn Ridge related events than those found in Hennessy's classic Return to Bull Run.


  1. Drew, just received Scott's book on Chinn Ridge, along with the History Press version of his Piedmont study. At first glance, both look excellent (although the copy quality of the Chinn Ridge maps is not very good, making it difficult to read regimental numbers and other information). As expected, I have recently seen the first edition of the Piedmont study for less than the cover price whereas it was formerly running in the $200 to $300 dollar range.


  2. I saw one go for less than $30 on eBay a month or two ago. I have a first edition. I should have sold it right when I heard about the new one. It goes to show many scarce modern CW books only have value for the content.


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