Friday, October 21, 2011

Booknotes V (October '11)

New Arrivals:

1. A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community by Nicole Etcheson (UP of Kansas, 2011).

 Regular readers might recall that I have a high opinion of Etcheson's earlier "Bleeding Kansas" book. This new effort centers around the impact of the Civil War on the Putnam County, Indiana home front, but it also examines the much broader period of societal change 1850-1870.

2. The Fate of War: Fredericksburg, 1862 by Duane Schultz (Westholme, 2011).

3. The Artillery Service in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-65 by John C. Tidball, ed. by Lawrence M. Kaplan (Westholme, 2011).

Through his own experiences, Tidball analyzes the artillery services in the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the Tennessee. Kaplan's editing work appears to be primarily organizational in nature (there is also some added Tidball material in the appendices), as the text itself is not annotated.

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