Saturday, October 8, 2011

Booknotes II (October '11)

New Arrival:

* Thunder Across the Swamp: The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863 by Donald S. Frazier (State House Press, 2011).

 My copy arrived today. It is indeed a massive red cloth hardcover, its length exceeding 600 pages. The volume is abundantly illustrated and its 56 maps are a great mix of tactical, operational, and strategic scales (although those with weaker vision might have a bit of difficulty viewing all the detail). The primary focus is the neglected 1863 Bayou Teche Campaign and, with all the hallmarks of a fine campaign history, the book looks to be what I was hoping it would be.


  1. Drew, thanks for info. Looks like I will be adding this to my Christmas list. Out of curiosity, how much coverage does the Battle of Irish Bend receive?

    Chris Van Blargan

  2. Chris,
    Bisland and Irish Bend are the centerpieces of the book. The coverage of the Irish Bend battle itself runs around 35 pages with 8 regimental scale maps. Of course, there are chapters covering events immediately before and after.


  3. My copy is here and I'm reading it now and I am not disappointed. It is an excellent book with lots of illustrations and maps. Another great job by fellow Texian Don Frazier.
    John Bell
    Keller, Texas


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