Friday, December 13, 2013

More spring '14 catalog news

Texas A&M:
* Lens on the Texas Frontier by Lawrence T. Jones III.
* The Red River Campaign The Union’s Final Attempt to Invade Texas by Gary D. Joiner (for State House Press).
* Letters from Prison: Jefferson Davis to his Wife, 1865–1866 edited by Felicity Allen (for Texas Review Press).
* Women of War: Selected Memoirs, Poems, and Fiction by Virginia Women Who Lived Through the Civil War edited by Casey Clabough (for Texas Review Press).

* The River Was Dyed with Blood: Nathan Bedford Forrest and Fort Pillow by Brian Steel Wills.
* Battles and Massacres on the Southwestern Frontier: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives edited by Ronald K. Wetherington and Frances Levine [chosen for Civil War period content of Adobe Walls ('64) and Sand Creek ('64)].


Johns Hopkins:
* Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War by Michael C.C. Adams.


  1. Fort Pillow yet again? I'm wondering when that one will get exhausted.

    1. John,

      By the looks of it, probably around the same time as Gettysburg. I've kind of lost coount, but isn't that at least four books in recent years on Fort Pillow?


    2. I agree. From the description it seems to be about the same thing Wills said in his very good Forrest bio from '92, except in even more detail.


    3. Brett:

      I think you're right about the number of "recents". The action was small enough in scope and duration that I cannot imagine material information which remains unexplored. Regarding the post-battle incident and Forrest's culpability, that, too, has been thoroughly flogged. Unless some significant, previously-unknown records have surfaced, I'm skeptical about this one.

  2. I was surprised to see another CW book from Adams. It's been 35 years since "Our Masters the Rebels".

    1. I was, as well. I'm not sure what new ground this one will plow, at least after checking out the Amazon listing. The war was dirty, lots of soldiers got sick or maimed, nobody with working olfactory nerves would want to be within 10 miles of a battlefield for the ensuing month or so, etc. It will be interesting to see how/whether Adams adds something here to the "narrative".

    2. I agree. The late, great Gregory Coco really mined this area excellently (especially Gettysburg). It will be interesting to see what can be added.

      I am under no illusions that these were terrible places to be.


  3. Battles and Massacres on the Southwestern Frontier looks interesting. As a former archaeologist I'm always interested in battlefield surveys and excavations, especially if they're in my beloved Trans-Miss!


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