Friday, December 21, 2012

Booknotes IV (December '12)

New Arrivals:

1. Our War: Days and Events in the Fight for the Union by Mike Pride (Monitor Publishing Co., 2012).

Our War weaves together the Civil War stories of 50 individuals from New Hampshire using diaries, memoirs, and more (though not footnoted correction: the footnotes are online at this link). Cloth bound and packed with photos and maps, it is a nice looking volume, as well. Readers might recognize the author from his previous book, the well received My Brave Boys: To War with Colonel Cross and the Fighting Fifth, co-written with Mark Travis.

2. What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman's Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta by Stephen Davis (Mercer Univ Pr, 2012).

At over 500 small print pages (with generous photos, illustrations, and maps), this is a massive study of the Union army's final approach to the city, the bombardment, the occupation, and the destruction of much of Atlanta when abandoned prior to the March to the Sea.

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