Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Booknotes (Nov '13)

New Arrivals:

1. Those Who Fought: Allegheny County, Pa., and the Gettysburg Campaign by Arthur B. Fox (Mechling Bookbindery, 2013).

Similar in presentation to Fox's earlier Our Honored Dead, Allegheny Co., Pa., in the American Civil War, Those Who Fought focuses its attention on the county's contribution to the Gettysburg Campaign. It provides numerous capsule biographies of individuals as well as a unit by unit reference guide to the various actions fought by companies raised in the county, the latter also paying close attention to numbers, equipment, and casualty data. The volume is also handsomely illustrated.

2. Don't Hurry Me Down to Hades: The Civil War In The Words of Those Who Lived It by Susannah Ural (Osprey, 2013).

3. The Maps of the Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns: An Atlas of the Battles and Movements in the Eastern Theater after Gettysburg, Including Rappahannock Station, Kelly's Ford, and Morton's Ford, July 1863-February 1864 by Bradley Gottfried (Savas Beatie, 2013).

It was a surprise, albeit a pleasant one, that these campaigns emerged this early (#5) in the S-B atlas series. The mouthful that is the book's Victorian-era style title and subtitle tell you exactly what you get. Outside of the H.E. Howard series books and the Tighe Bristoe Campaign study, coverage of the long period between the end of the Gettysburg and the beginning of the Overland Campaign remains sparse. Looking forward to reading this one and enjoying the maps.

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