Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Spring 1865: The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War

Unlike Ameer on the gridiron, Nebraska's academic publisher hasn't exactly been killing it during the Sesquicentennial (though acquiring Gettysburg Magazine was a bit bold). It's been such a long period of time since they released a new title (a true original volume, not a paperback reprint) from their Great Campaigns of the Civil War series that I was wondering if it went defunct. Apparently not, as spring 2015 will see the publication of Spring 1865: The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War. This is the first output from this series since 2008's Counter-Thrust (the best of the bunch, in my opinion) and it will also mark the return to the Civil War world of Perry Jamieson.

"In Spring 1865, Perry D. Jamieson juxtaposes for the first time the major campaign against Lee that ended at Appomattox and Gen. William T. Sherman’s march north through the Carolinas, which culminated in Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender at Bennett Place. Jamieson also addresses the efforts required to put down armed resistance in the Deep South and the Trans-Mississippi. As both sides fought for political goals following Lee’s surrender, these campaigns had significant consequences for the political-military context that shaped the end of the war as well as Reconstruction."

Sounds like it might be worth a look.


  1. Hello Drew

    Thanks for the update. I didn't even bother checking Nebraska. Do you have any idea about what might be going on at SIU Press. The catalog on their website is still showing Spring/Summer 2014. I really enjoy their Heartland series and hope it continues.

    I noticed UNC has a least a couple of very interesting titles in their Civil War America series. Still waiting on Kansas and Tennesee(Always late). I would like to see some more titles in their Western Theater series.

    However, continuing my refrain, I was really disappointed to see the paucity of offerings from LSU. Earl Hess has a title with them. The biggest continuing disappointment is no 5th volume from Gordon Rhea. I'm beginning to believe this might be an 'Urban Legend' in the publishing world. I did communicate with a marketing employee at LSU a couple of years ago and they were sure it would be published. This was a couple of years ago. I'm planning to attend an engagement where Mr. Rhea will be in March. My first question to him will be on this subject.

    Look forward to your thoughts on what is being published.

    Don H.

    1. Hi Don,
      Yeah, I've been too busy with the fall flood of October arrivals to pay much attention to the early catalogs for next season.

    2. Drew and Don: Here's a question based on pure, unvarnished speculation. I'm wondering if Gordon/LSU are having second thoughts in light of the Bearss (vol. 1) and revised Robertson releases by Ted Savas., as well as his revised version of the Trudeau book. The whole Petersburg topic was remarkably understudied or a bit outdated when Gordon was working his way through the Overland series. Now we're (thankfully) getting lots of good material. It will be interesting to get an update on Gordon's plans.

    3. Don't lose hope on the final volume. Rhea contributed an essay on the crossing of the James to an edited collection of essays that I am involved in as well. Stay tuned for more details. He is definitely working on the final volume and A. Wilson Greene is working on a 3-volume history of the Petersburg Campaign.

  2. Kevin
    Thanks for the update. Look forward to the essays, the 5th volume and Mr. Greene's history



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