Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Booknotes (Feb '14)

New Arrivals:

1. Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt: The Confederate Campaign Against Peace Agitators, Deserters and Draft Dodgers by William T. Auman (McFarland, 2014).

This study extensively documents seven distinct campaigns fought against deserters, draft evaders, and the domestic anti-Confederate movement in the state.  According to the author, the North Carolina peace movement headed by William Holden closely mirrored the northern so-called Copperheads in terms of their character and goals (e.g. federal reunion with slavery intact).

2. Bloody Autumn: The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 by Daniel T. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt (Savas Beatie, 2014).

The latest entry from the Emerging Civil War series, this one takes on the 1864 Valley Campaign and its key battles of Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Tom's Brook, and Cedar Creek. Like the others, it is profusely illustrated with photos and maps. In addition to the narrative there are four driving tours and short pieces on Winchester history, the Front Royal executions, how the campaign has been remembered, preservation, and orders of battle.

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