Friday, August 9, 2013

Booknotes (Aug '13)

New Arrivals:

1. Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War by Margaret Humphreys (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013).

A broad observation of Civil War medicine, Humphreys's study examines the work of female physicians, contrasts Union and Confederate medical systems, discusses diseases and treatments, and assesses the work of hospitals and sanitary commissions.

2. Shenandoah Valley 1862: Stonewall Jackson outmaneuvers the Union by Clayton and James Donnell (Osprey, 2013).

Volume 258 of Osprey's Campaign series, it's hard to believe this one hasn't been done before. Expect the typical treatment, short narrative augmented with a bevy of illustrations, maps, and original artwork.

3. Lincoln's 90-Day Volunteers 1861: From Fort Sumter to First Bull Run by Ron Field (Osprey, 2013).

A new release from the Men-at-Arms series (Volume 489!), this book provides a synopsis of the organization, equipment, uniforms, and history of the first 90-Day regiments from a variety of states, complete with photos and full-color painted figures. Manny will need this for his early war dioramas.

4. Barksdale's Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863 by Phillip Thomas Tucker (Casemate, 2013).

Tucker's new book joins a long line of Gettysburg microhistories.

5. American Indians and the Civil War edited by Robert K. Sutton and John A. Latschar (Eastern National, 2013).

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