Friday, December 30, 2022

Coming Soon (January '23 Edition)

**NEW RELEASES1** Scheduled for JAN 2023:

Freedom's Crescent: The Civil War and the Destruction of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley by John Rodrigue.
The Fifth Border State: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of West Virginia, 1829–1872 by Scott MacKenzie.
Continent in Crisis: The U.S. Civil War in North America ed. by Schoen, Spangler, and Towers.
July 22: The Civil War Battle of Atlanta by Earl Hess.
The Failure of Our Fathers: Family, Gender, and Power in Confederate Alabama by Victoria Ott.
The Civil Wars of General Joseph E. Johnston, Confederate States Army, Vol. 1: Virginia and Mississippi, 1861-1863 by Richard McMurry.
The Tale Untwisted: General George B. McClellan, the Maryland Campaign, and the Discovery of Lee’s Lost Orders by Thorp & Rossino.
Grant at 200: Reconsidering the Life and Legacy of Ulysses S. Grant ed. by Mackowski & Scaturro.
The Military Memoirs of a Confederate Line Officer: Captain John C. Reed’s Civil War from Manassas to Appomattox ed. by William Cobb.

Comments: Savas Beatie's enticing January lineup comprises nearly half the list. It's long been recognized that Union early to mid-war drives into the Mississippi River Valley acted as the spearhead of military emancipation, and Rodrigue's book looks like it will be an interesting full history of events. From title and description, it's apparent that MacKenzie's history of West Virginia statehood offers a different emphasis from previous studies. As mentioned before, news of the impending publication of a July 22, 1864 Battle of Atlanta study was very unexpected (many of us did not even know this one was in the cards let alone finished). We already have a very good book-length examination of the battle from Gary Ecelbarger, but a revisit from Hess is always welcome.

1 - These monthly release lists are not meant to be exhaustive compilations of non-fiction releases. They do not include non-revised/expanded reprints of previously published books, special editions not distributed to reviewers, and digital-only titles. Works that only tangentially address the war years are also generally excluded. Inevitably, one or more titles on this list will get a rescheduled release (and they do not get repeated later), so revisiting the past few "Coming Soon" posts is the best way to pick up stragglers.

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