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ONE CONTINUOUS FIGHT: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 by Eric J. Wittenberg, J. David Petruzzi and Michael F. Nugent from Savas Beatie is available. The authors have been doing book signings and a review is posted on Amazon.com. This book covers the military aspects of the retreat from Gettysburg. Read the book coupled with the fine Retreat from Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign by Kent Masterson Brown published in 2005 for a very complete view of this operation.
Amazon.com has the long awaited MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT E RODES OF THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA: A Biography by Darrell L Collins listed for July. The May Savas Beatie Newsletter has the book listed for late June. This might be the same publication schedule and reflects when Amazon will ship orders. The author has written several books on the Civil War, including General William Averell’s Salem Raid: Breaking the Knoxville Supply Line and Jackson’s Valley Campaign: The Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic (The Virginia Civil War Battles and Leaders Series). General Rodes was widely considered the best division commander in the Army of Northern Virginia and we need a biography on him.
Grant’s Lieutenants: From Chattanooga to Appomattox edited by Steven E. Woodworth is still listed as mid June. This is the next volume in the Modern War Studies series. It is the companion volume and continuation of Grant’s Lieutenants: From Cairo to Vicksburg.
Due from the end of June to mid July is Britannia’s Fist: From Civil War to World War: An Alternate History by Peter G. Tsouras. This book slipped from an for early June publication. This alternate history assumes England builds one Confederate raider too many and war with the United States ensues. The author has written a number of alternate histories and is a regular on the History Channel with many works selected by the History Book Club and the Mystery Book Club.
Brian Holden Reid tells me that America’s Civil War: The Operational Battlefield, 1861-1863 is scheduled for an early July release.
Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments that Changed the Course of the Civil War by Stephen V. Ash is announced for July 7th. Amazon.com has the following about this book: “In March 1863, nine hundred black Union soldiers, led by white officers, invaded Florida and seized the town of Jacksonville. They were among the first African American troops in the Northern army, and their expedition into enemy territory was like no other in the Civil War. It was intended as an assault on slavery by which thousands would be freed.
At the center of the story is prominent abolitionist Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who led one of the regiments. After waging battle for three weeks, Higginson and his men were mysteriously ordered to withdraw, their mission a seeming failure. Yet their successes in resisting the Confederates and collaborating with white Union forces persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to begin full-scale recruitment of black troops, a momentous decision that helped turned the tide of the war.” Ash has written the well received A Year in the South: 1865: The True Story of Four Ordinary People Who Lived Through the Most Tumultuous Twelve Months in American History and When the Yankees Came: Conflict and Chaos in the Occupied South, 1861-1865. I am unfamiliar the author. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has taught at the university since 1989. Starting in 1993, he is the managing editor of the Journal of East Tennessee History.
Amazon.com has a release date of August 5 for Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea by Noah Andre Trudeau. It is hard not to avoid great expectations for any large detailed book, close to 700 pages, by this award-winning author.
Scheduled for September is The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat: Reality and Myth by Earl J. Hess. This book is part of the Modern War Studies series. Hess can be a very technical read but his work is an important step toward understanding the mechanics of Civil War combat.
Also in September is Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign from Peter Cozzens. This is a 632-page book covering the military and political aspects of this campaign. The pre-release information says both the Union and Confederate sides are covered.
November promises Brady’s Civil War Journal: Day-by-Day Events 1861-1865 by Theodore P. Savas. The title is enough to warrant looking into this book.
Due in December from Ethan S. Rafuse is Antietam, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry. This is the next entry in This Hallowed Ground: Guides to Civil War Battlefields series. These are excellent guides at a reasonable price, written by experts on the battle.
Each author will receive a $20,000 cash award along with a bronze cast of Augustus St. Gaudens’ larger-than-life portrait sculpture of Abraham Lincoln.
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