Every so often in my Siege of Petersburg research I run into something which might be a bit of a “find.”  I recently obtained page images of the 1873-1874 newspaper version of “Our Living and Our Dead,” a New Bern, North Carolina newspaper edited by Stephen D. Pool.  On page 2 of the March 18, 1874 edition of the paper, I was surprised and excited to find an official report from Thomas L. Clingman about the fighting at the Second Battle of Petersburg from June 16-18, 1864.  Clingman commanded a brigade in Hoke’s Division, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia, during the fighting east of Petersburg.  His brigade was composed of the 8th North Carolina, 31st North Carolina, 51st North Carolina, and 61st North Carolina.  These men helped hold the town until Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia could come to their rescue.  After briefly looking over the report, I realized I wasn’t familiar with it.  Sure enough, when I checked Volume 40, Part 1 of the Official Records, I realized the report wasn’t present.  I also checked Volume 7 of the Supplement to the Official Records.  In that book, there WAS a letter from Clingman describing the June 17 fighting which had been written in late June 1864 and published in the Raleigh Confederate.  But it was different than this item.  So, I ask my readers, “can YOU find this report somewhere?”  Perhaps it was published in one of the other non-Petersburg volumes of the Official Records, or possibly in the Southern Historical Society Papers.  In any case, I’m posting the image of the report below, and I plan to transcribe and post this one in its entirety at The Siege of Petersburg Online.

18740318NCOurLivingOurDeadP2C2to5Clingman2ndPburg New Thomas Clingman Official Report: Battle of Petersburg: June 16 18, 1864

 

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Richmond Redeemed (2nd Edition): SmartLayers Edition

by Brett Schulte on September 18, 2014 · 13 comments

Richard Sommers’ massive Richmond Redeemed, about the Fifth Offensive at the Siege of Petersburg, is getting a 2nd Edition courtesy of publisher Savas Beatie.  In addition to the print copy, a “SmartLayers” e-book edition is also getting produced.  Check out the YouTube video demonstration below as well as the Savas Beate press release:

Savas Beatie Teams up with Olive Software to Release an Enhanced Interactive Digital Edition of the Civil War Bestseller Richmond Redeemed for 150th Anniversary!

El Dorado Hills, CA, September 11, 2014—Savas Beatie is pleased to announce the release of a universally viewable “enhanced” interactive ebook of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg, by Dr. Richard Sommers. This special edition utilizes Olive’s SmartLayersTM technology to include substantial extra content written, collected, and organized by the author during the three decades since its original 1981 release.

Savas Beatie, a leader in independent military and general history book publishing and America’s most dynamic and influential Civil War publisher, has produced a long and steady stream of awardwinning titles and national book club selections. The release of this enhanced ebook coincides with the publication of a revised and updated print edition of Dr. Sommers’ influential award-winning book. “We are excited to offer this special edition,” explained Theodore P. Savas, the managing director of Savas Beatie. “This remarkable digital edition offers scores of icons and links representing photos, further reading on related subjects, videos, and, most important of all,” continued Savas, “original author marginalia in the form of dozens of comments, assessments, and additional insights and information keyed to specific personalities, combat, tactics, and decision-making. Every reader of the Civil War is going to be stunned by both the presentation and the staggering amount of information in this book.”

“Olive Software is pleased to launch its innovative SmartLayers content enrichment service with Savas Beatie. We believe SmartLayers represents a terrific platform for publishers to create premium editions of their static ebooks and turn them into highly engaging, dynamic products. The Savas Beatie team has done just that with their SmartLayers-enabled edition of Richmond Redeemed,” said Joe Wikert, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Olive Software, Inc.

Wikert continued, “Author Richard Sommers is also to be highly commended for this effort; he leverages SmartLayers to provide readers with access to much more information than can be found in the standard ebook or print edition.”

Richmond Redeemed author and Senior Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Richard Sommers said that the enhancements afford readers “a fuller, wider, deeper, and richer understanding of the crucial operations in the Siege of Petersburg.”

This enhanced ebook is available to Military and History Book Club Members for the special low price of just $4.99 during the month of September with the purchase of the print edition. It will be sold to the general public at the regular retail price of $19.95 starting October 1, 2014. No third-party app or particular e-reader device is required to view this ebook. The content is designed to be read on any device with a modern web browser, and automatically updated with every author addition in the future. The viewing platform also has note-taking capabilities, bookmarking, enhanced search capabilities, and other digital book features. Watch a short demonstration video here:
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Bagdad – Back Door to the Confederacy

by Fred Ray September 15, 2014

In my reply to Spengler I noted the difficulties of making a land link with Mexico to supply the Confederacy. After doing a bit more research I found that there really was a land link, although subject to all the difficulties I mentioned. When the Union blockade went into effect Southern cotton became both scarce […]

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Sharpshooter Shorts

by Fred Ray September 10, 2014

Couple of short sharpshooter items. First from Berry Benson, South Carolina sharpshooter and scout; To each brigade in Jackson’s corps, – and also, I believe, in all of the corps of Lee’s army – was attached a body of sharpshooters; men picked from their regiments, not merely for skill in marksmanship, but also as best […]

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Reply to Spengler

by Fred Ray September 5, 2014

David P. Goldman is something of a polymath – scholar, investment banker, musicologist, and pundit. In the latter capacity, under the handle Spengler, he has written on a variety of subjects, including the Civil War. There, unfortunately, he comes off as being rather uninformed. Indeed one is tempted to use the characterization of Noam Chomsky […]

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Index for the Supplement to the Official Records

by Brett Schulte September 1, 2014

Several year ago I posted on Broadfoot Publishing’s hard to find set Supplement to the Official Records.  In that post, I linked to a very detailed index of the set, but when I went to click on the link recently, the site the index is on had exceeded its bandwidth.  In an effort to give this […]

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Short Takes

by Fred Ray August 29, 2014

Most students of the Civil War have at least heard of Clement Vallandigham, an Ohio lawyer who served in Congress and stood for governor of Ohio during the Civil War. Vallandigham was a prominent Copperhead Democrat who advocated a peaceful solution to the bloodshed, and was arrested, convicted by a military court martial, and eventually […]

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