Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Booknotes: Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations

New Arrival:
Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations: Exploring a Kentucky Divided by Cameron M. Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess (Indiana UP, 2019).

The flu (or some other similarly horrible virus) swept through the CWBA camp last week, and I am still on light recovery duty only, so with feverish brow we'll just continue to get through the growing backlog of Booknotes entries. March was a very busy month.

Over the past few years, Cameron Ludwick and Blair Thomas Hess have teamed up to co-author a number of Kentucky road trip and adventure guides. Their fourth and latest collaboration is Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations: Exploring a Kentucky Divided. In it, Ludwick and Hess "plot the course for a fun-filled road trip through history and across the Bluegrass State."

More: "Ludwick and Hess make planning a trip to historic Kentucky easy by exploring the history and stories behind each major site and highlighting nearby attractions you won't want to miss. Featuring step-by-step guidelines and exclusive tips on sites, monuments, and attractions from presidential homes to the best modern re-enactments, Presidents, Battles, and Must-See Civil War Destinations helps the whole family experience and enjoy history together."

At around 75 total pages in length it's a slim book with lots of photographs and cheery advice, definitely less hard-core and more family trip fare. Military site selections do cover some lesser-known battles and skirmishes such as Ivy Mountain, Sacramento, and Middle Creek to go along with more expected choices of Perryville, Munfordville, Mill Springs, the occupation of Columbus, and the like.

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