In the Review Queue: Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863 by Donald S. Frazier

by Brett Schulte on May 19, 2009 · 0 comments

The “In the Review Queue” series provides TOCWOC – A Civil War Blog readers with a brief look at books Brett Schulte is planning to review here on the blog.  These will be very similar to Drew Wagenhoffer’s “Booknotes” series at Civil War Books and Authors.

fireinthecanefieldfrazierFire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863 is the first in a planned “Quadrille” of books on the Civil War in Louisiana and Texas, written by Donald S. Frazier and published by State House PressDrew Wagenhoffer’s recent review of Fire in the Cane Field led me to acquire this one.  This one, as you can read in Drew’s review, covers the background period necessary to set the stage for the major campaigns in the area.  Drew notes that the information on the campaigns covered in the book will be familiar to readers who are knowledgeable about these campaigns.  I for one am eagerly looking forward to reading Fire in the Cane Field, simply because the early war years in Louisiana and Texas are almost completely unfamiliar to me.  Drew’s comments on the maps are spot on.  These are numerous, cover the topic from multiple angles and scales, and look like they will add tremendously to the text.  The book is also profusely illustrated.  Those readers, like me, who are new to the subject but interested in what happened in this area will want to own a copy of Fire in the Cane Field.  As I’ve become used to saying, “If Drew likes it, I probably will too!”

Information on Fire in the Cane Field: The Federal Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863 is not yet available from the publisher’s web site.  I have been told there is a delay in the book’s distribution, but that it will be out soon.  I have been told readers interested in the book may call Jenna Lockley of State House Press at 325 572 3974 to place an order now.  The book should be available online soon at Amazon and other online retailers.  I do want to mention that you should NOT under any circumstances go to Amazon right now.  An unscrupulous individual is trying to sell the book for $50, although to be fair it should be noted that copy is signed by author Donald Frazier.

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