Thursday, March 26, 2015

Military Campaigns of the Civil War series revived

I believe it's now been 9 years (if we don't count the paperback reprint of The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 released in 2009) since UNC Press published a book from their well known and highly regarded 1990s staple series Military Campaigns of the Civil War. The new volume Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign is scheduled for early Fall 2015.

The essay contributors (Keith S. Bohannon, Stephen Cushman, M. Keith Harris, Robert E. L. Krick, Kevin M. Levin, Kathryn Shively Meier, Gordon C. Rhea, and Joan Waugh) "assess the campaign from a variety of perspectives, examining strategy and tactics, the performances of key commanders on each side, the centrality of field fortifications, political repercussions in the United States and the Confederacy, the experiences of civilians caught in the path of the armies, and how the famous battle of the Crater has resonated in historical memory. As a group, the essays highlight the important connections between the home front and the battlefield, showing some of the ways in which military and nonmilitary affairs played off and influenced one another."


  1. Drew: That's an interesting/odd choice for a span of time - including Cold Harbor, the jump over the James by Grant, and the Crater.

    1. John,
      It's an odd series. It's not exactly surprising given Gallagher's known interests, but the sustained eastern theater exclusiveness always seemed at least a little strange given that neither the series title nor its mission statement at all suggest it. It sure did take a long time for a western themed counterpart (l'm thinking of the recent series from SIUP) to appear.


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