Thursday, May 23, 2013

Booknotes VI (May '13)

New Arrivals:

1. A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, May 8-21, 1864 by Chris Mackowski & Kristopher White (Savas Beatie, 2013).

The third volume of the co-authors's Emerging Civil War series. Expect the same format as Fredericksburg, with profuse illustration and a nice set of brigade scale maps.

2. Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care by Scott McGaugh (Arcade Pub, 2013).

This is the first biography of Dr. Letterman, the Army of the Potomac's much admired medical director who is credited with many advancements. Such a book detailing his life and work is overdue and should interest anyone who studies Civil War medicine. Getting a July release this early is like the old days of reviewing.

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