Civil War Book Acquisitions: February 2012, Part 2

by Brett Schulte on February 22, 2012 · 0 comments

Civil War Book Acquisitions: February 2012: Part 2

LincolnsCavalrymenMountedForcesArmyOfThePotomacLongacreTitle: Lincoln’s Cavalrymen: A History of the Mounted Forces of the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865
Author: Longacre, Edward G.
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-8061-4229-6
Price: $26.95 (paperback)
TOCWOC’s Take: The University of Oklahoma Press is releasing paperback versions of both of Ed Longacre’s books on the cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac.  I covered the former book last week.  The book, like many Longacre books, serves more as an introduction to the subject rather than a comprehensive account.  The book is somewhat lacking in maps, but readers interested in the mounted men of the Army of the Potomac will find this to be an adequate introduction to the subject.

Publisher Site Info:

Lincoln’s Cavalrymen describes the organizational, administrative, and operational history of the mounted arm of “Mr. Lincoln’s Army.” Historian Edward G. Longacre consulted at least fifty manuscript collections pertaining to general officers of cavalry, as well as the unpublished letters and diaries of more than 450 officers and enlisted men, representing almost every mounted unit in the Army of the Potomac. The result is the most comprehensive history of the Union cavalry to date. It covers the gamut of cavalry life—not only field operations but also the recruiting, organizing, mounting, remounting, equipping, training, tactical instruction, and war-long support of this critical branch of the nineteenth-century army. The book vividly portrays the cavalry’s most influential commanders and assesses the depth and quality of its leadership. Longacre also seeks to place the cavalry in the context of the army and the war effort as a whole.

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17thVirginiaInfantryTitle: 17th Virginia Infantry
Author: Wallace, Lee A., Jr.
Publisher: H.E. Howard, Inc.
ISBN-13: 1-56190-003-6
Price: Varies
TOCWOC’s Take: This is another regimental history of a regiment which was in Pickett’s Division, First Corps, ANV during the Siege of Petersburg.  The 17th Virginia spent most of its time during the Siege on the Bermuda Hundred line.

Publisher Site Info:

N/A Published in 1990.

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1stAnd2ndStuartHorseArtilleryHowardTitle: The 1st and 2nd Stuart Horse Artillery
Author: Moore, Robert H., II
Publisher: H.E. Howard, Inc.
ISBN-13: 1-56190-108-3
Price: Varies
TOCWOC’s Take: Another H.E. Howard regimental, this one written by fellow blogger “Cenantua”.  See the 17th Virginia comments above for the breakdown of H.E. Howard books and why and how I’m using them at my Siege of Petersburg site.

Publisher Site Info:

N/A Published in 1990.

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15thVirginiaCavalryHowardTitle: 15th Virginia Cavalry
Author: Fortier, John
Publisher: H.E. Howard, Inc.
ISBN-13: 1-56190-053-2
Price: Varies
TOCWOC’s Take: This was a third affordable H.E. Howard regimental history I was able to pick up with Amazon Associates money.

Publisher Site Info:

N/A Published in 1993.


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