Sunday, August 20, 2017

Various things

1.  It's been a while since I did an author interview. Coming up soon I'll post my conversation with retired NPS historian Douglas McChristian. We'll be talking about his new book Regular Army O!: Soldiering on the Western Frontier, 1865-1891 (2017), but many of the questions will be steered toward Civil War connections.

2.  The long-awaited release of Gordon Rhea's On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864 (September 2017) is just a few short weeks away. Impatient devotees of this destined-to-be-a-classic series will finally get the last piece of the puzzle, and inquiries here as to its progress can finally cease!

3.  In recent years, Savas Beatie has increasingly become a reprint destination for long out-of-print titles from outside sources. I just stumbled across another venture in that territory, and it's a welcome one. At various times, William Scaife's original editions of his many atlas studies (and even some of the paperback follow ups) commanded, or at least asked for, premium prices on the secondary market. If you took the long game, you could eventually find some of them at reasonable prices, but now it looks like SB is going to be re-releasing select titles (and maybe more?) in hardcover.

These are what I've found so far:
Allatoona Pass: A Needless Effusion of Blood
The Campaign for Atlanta
Hood's Tennessee Campaign: March to Certain Doom

The current release date is pretty far off and, if past history is any kind of indicator, likely to change.

4. For quite a while now, the home page of Two Trails Publishing has been offline. Its demise hasn't been confirmed, but there have been indications over the past few years that things were slowing down considerably over there. Like many publishers big and small, their catalog is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of quality, but Two Trails was digging deep into Civil War Missouri long before it was trendy to do so and I will always appreciate in particular the very useful Trans-Mississippi primary source materials they published over the years.

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