Friday, December 2, 2011

Booknotes (December '11)

New Arrivals:

1. Price's Lost Campaign: The 1864 Invasion of Missouri by Mark A. Lause (U. of Missouri Pr, 2011).

Glancing through the book, it appears that Lause has oddly chosen to end his raid history at Jefferson City. I will be curious to find out why.

2. Civil War Springfield by Larry Wood (The History Pr, 2011).

Springfield, Missouri is deserving of a Civil War town study. Wood's book concentrates on events from the first half of the war (e.g. Wilson's Creek, the occupations and reoccupations, Zagonyi's Charge, the Battle of Springfield, etc.), with short chapters dealing with conflict's the latter half, Reconstruction, and commemoration.

3. The Battle of White Sulphur Springs: Averell Fails to Secure West Virginia by Eric J. Wittenberg (The History Pr, 2011).

This is the first full length treatment of the August 26, 1863 battle fought between a Union mounted brigade commanded by Gen. W.W. Averell and Confederates led by Col. George S. Patton. Readers of the author's many previous books know what to expect in terms of research and writing. As an added bonus, we get the maps of Steven Stanley, one of the best cartographers in Civil War publishing.

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