Friday, March 15, 2019

Confederate Centennial Studies

If you're a frequent browser of eBay offerings, one thing you'll come to expect is a steady appearance of titles from the Confederate Centennial Studies series. Oddly enough I never see them in brick and mortar bookstores, but that could just be a regional thing. The brainchild of William Stanley Hoole, the Confederate Centennial Studies series was published by (Hoole's?) Confederate Publishing Company out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Volumes were steadily released over a decade-long period preceding the end of the Civil War Centennial. The series was reprinted in a limited edition of 750 sets by Broadfoot in 2000, and these must be the ones I most frequently see for sale online. I don't know how many first edition sets were produced.

Below are the 28 titles in no particular order, just a list I found online. Oddly, the Broadfoot set has 28 volumes while Eicher's reference lists only 27 in the first run. I don't know if the latter was a mistake or if Broadfoot added one to the original contingent. If interested you can compare the two lists (this one and the linked one) yourself to find the outlier. It's a pretty impressive range of topics and book categories.

• A TEXAS SURGEON IN THE C.S.A. By John Q. Anderson.
• LOST GENERATION: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF JAMES BARLOW, C.S.A. By Merton E. Coulter.
• COLIN J. MCRAE: CONFEDERATE FINANCE AGENT. By Charles S. Davis.
• A VISIT TO THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA IN 1863. Memoir Addressed to His Majesty Napoleon III by Charles Girard.
• CONFEDERATE EXILES IN VENEZUELA. By A. J. Hana and Kathryn Abbey Hanna.
• LEROY POPE WALKER: CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF WAR. By William C. Harris.
• A CONFEDERATE MARINE: A SKETCH OF LT. HENRY LEA GRAVES. With Excerpts from the Graves Family Correspondence. Ed. by Richard B. Harwell.
• LINCOLN’S PLAN FOR RECONSTRUCTION. By William B. Hesseltine.
• WILLIAM STANLEY HOOLE: Student, Teacher, Librarian, Author. By Martha Dubose Hoole.
• ALABAMA TORIES: THE FIRST ALABAMA CAVALRY, U.S.A., 1862-1865. By William Stanley Hoole.
• LAWLEY COVERS THE CONFEDERACY. By William Stanley Hoole.
• VIZETELLY COVERS THE CONFEDERACY. BY William Stanley Hoole.
• RECONSTRUCTION IN WEST ALABAMA: THE MEMOIRS OF JOHN L. HUNNICUTT. By John L. Huynnicutt and Edited by William Stanley Hoole.
• YANKEES A’COMING. By MARY SHARPE JONES AND MARY JONES MALLARD. Edited by Haskell Monroe.
• THE CONFEDERATE RAMS AT BIRKENHEAD: A CHAPTER IN ANGLO-AMERICAN RELATIONS. By Wilbur Devereux Jones.
• REBELS IN THE MAKING: PLANTERS’ CONVENTIONS AND SOUTHERN PROPAGANDA. By Weymouth T. Jordan.
• THE PEACE CONVENTION OF 1861. By Jesse L. Keene.
• “MY EVER DEAREST FRIEND”: THE LETTERS OF A. DUDLEY MANN TO JEFFERSON DAVIS, 1869-1889. By A. Dudley Mann and Ed. by John Preston Moore.
• SWAMPFOX OF THE CONFEDERACY. By Jay Monaghan.
• HOWELL COBB’S CONFEDERATE CAREER. By Horace Montgomery.
• CONFEDERATE ENGINEERS. By James L. Nichols.
• THE DIPLOMACY OF THE CONFEDERATE CABINET OF RICHMOND AND ITS AGENTS ABROAD. By Paul Pecquet Du Bellet and Edited by William Stanley Hoole.
• SEVEN MONTHS IN THE REBEL STATES DURING THE NORTH AMERICAN WAR OF 1863. By Justus Scheibert.
• CONFEDERATE MORALE AND CHURCH PROPAGANDA. By J. W. Silver.
• THE CRUISE OF C.S.S. SUMTER. By Charles G. Summersell.
• THE PRIVATE JOURNAL OF GEORGIANA GHOLSON WALKER, 1862-1865. By Georgiana Gholson Walker.
• THE CONFEDERATE VETERAN. By William W. White.
• THE CONFEDERACY AND ZEB VANCE. By Richard E. Yates.

I don't have any of these in my personal library and am curious to know if any of you out there own the entire set. Feel free to leave a comment about your thoughts on the series as a whole or any volumes you value in particular. Thanks in advance.

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