Monday, April 27, 2020

Coming Soon (May '20 Edition)

*NEW RELEASES* - Scheduled for MAY 2020:

Blood on the Cumberland: The Battle of Hartsville by CL Gammon (Author).
The Desperate Struggle: Louisiana Civil War Compendium - A Military History of Campaigns & Battles 1861-1865 by Henry Robertson (Author).
Galvanized: The Odyssey of a Reluctant Carolina Confederate by Michael Brantley (Potomac Bks).
Till Death Do Us Part: The Letters of Emory and Emily Upton, 1868–1870 by Salvatore Cilella (OU Press).
Major General Philip Kearny: A Soldier and His Time in the American Civil War by Robert Laven (McFarland).
Confederate Citadel: Richmond and Its People at War by Mary DeCredico (UP of Ky).
American Discord: The Republic and Its People in the Civil War Era ed. by Bever, Gordon & Mammina (LSU Press).
The Cavalries in the Nashville Campaign by Dennis Belcher (McFarland).
Reckoning with Rebellion: War and Sovereignty in the Nineteenth Century by Aaron Sheehan-Dean (UP of Fla).
Tempest over Texas: The Fall and Winter Campaigns of 1863–1864 by Donald Frazier (State House Pr).
Gunboats, Muskets, and Torpedoes: Coastal North Carolina, 1861–1865 by Michael Laramie (Westholme).

Comments: In putting together my monthly lists, I don't normally carry over titles (ex. Laramie's) that miss their dates, but we should make exceptions for unusual circumstances. The first two titles included here are self-published books. For a long time now, the only book-length source on Hartsville has been Timothy Heath's long out-of-print (and prohibitively expensive on the secondary market) study. Assessment of Gammon's effort is up in the air (the statement in the intro about the battle "cementing Morgan's reputation as a brilliant tactician" gives me some pause) but its 1980s-level pricing ($6.99!) is low risk. I very much liked Robertson's earlier short study of the 1864 Red River Campaign, and his new book interests me as something of an updated version of Winters's classic The Civil War in Louisiana. A reader recently asked me about the dearth of Richmond studies, and since then two new books have emerged (Ash's late-2019 study and now DeCredico's upcoming one). I've been given an advanced look at Frazier's book and plan to write a brief preview later this week. As far as I know, it is still on track for release next month. I am also very much looking forward to the Laven and Belcher books. Unfortunately, the late Unpleasantness has forced the publisher to suspend physical review copies. I still can't stand reading entire books via PDF, so hopefully they will be willing to send out printed versions at some later date.

1 comment:

  1. We have several titles in advance galley waiting for our accounts to open before sending them to the printer. Most publishers--even the big guys--are not sending anything in, or very few titles in to be printed in significantly smaller quantities. Some are also using POD in small quantities for various book signings, etc. (mostly virtual).

    It is a tough time in publishing (like most businesses) these days.


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