Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Booknotes II (May '15)

New Arrivals:

1. Confederate Generals in the Trans-Mississippi, Vol. 2: Essays on America's Civil War edited by Lawrence Lee Hewitt and Thomas E. Schott (Univ of Tenn Pr, 2015).

Like Volume 1 [my review here], 2 has eight biographical essays. Those generals under the lens this time around are Ben McCulloch, Henry H. Sibley, Prince de Polignac, Joseph Brent, John B. Magruder, Alfred Mouton, Mosby M. Parsons (Part 2), and Richard Gano.

2. So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era North edited by Lorien Foote and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (Fordham UP, 2015).

From the publisher: "(T)his volume addresses the role intellectuals played in framing the conflict and implementing their vision of a victorious Union. Broadly defining "intellectuals" to encompass doctors, lawyers, sketch artists, college professors, health reformers, and religious leaders, the essays address how these thinkers disseminated their ideas, sometimes using commercial or popular venues and organizations to implement what they believed."

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