Friday, March 22, 2013

Booknotes IV (Mar '13)

New Arrivals:

1. President Lincoln's Recruiter: General Lorenzo Thomas and the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War by Michael M. Eggleston (McFarland, 2013).

A biographical treatment of Adjutant-General Thomas, concentrating both on his efforts at raising black troops during the Civil War and his involvement at the heart of the Johnson impeachment crisis [Thomas was selected by Johnson to replace Stanton as Secretary of War, and his testimony at the trial was controversial].

2. This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War-Era North edited by Andrew L. Slap and Michael T. Smith (Fordham UP, 2013).

A compilation of scholarly essays on a variety of subjects, including the Democratic press, masculinity in political culture, secret societies, peace movements, ethnicity in the Union army, black flag warfare, and more.

3. The Goose Creek Bridge: Gateway to Sacred Places by Michael J. Heitzler (Authorhouse, 2012).

Goose Creek Bridge is just north of historic Charleston, SC and three chapters are devoted to the Civil War (1) and Reconstruction (2) years.

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