Editor’s Note: Civil War Book Acquisitions is an ongoing series which allows me to highlight new books I’ve recently acquired and give readers an idea of upcoming Civil War books.
The Battle of Petersburg
by Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War
Published in 1977, reprint from original. Out of Print.
Kraus Reprint Company
Publication Date: 1977
TOCWOC’s Take: The title is a bit misleading, but this is essentially a reprinting of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War’s findings on the Battle of the Crater. This testimony can also be found in the Official Records, Volume 40, Part 1, Report #4: Record of the Court of Inquiry on the Mine Explosion during the Battle of the Crater, July 30, 1864.
The University of Tennessee Press
Publication Date: 2008
TOCWOC’s Take: I already had the first edition of this book, published by Savas Publishing around 2000 or 2001. I had long been meaning to purchase this updated second edition which was produced by the University of Tennessee Press in 2008. Greene’s book (either edition) covers the last battles around Petersburg in March-April 1865 in great detail. Particular attention is paid to the Union Sixth Corps “Breakthrough” on April 2, 1865.
Glorious Contentment: The Grand Army of the Republic, 1865-1900
by Stuart McConnell
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: 1992
TOCWOC’s Take: While this is not necessarily a Civil War book, it is tied inextricably to the Civil War experiences of the men who make up its subject. As I go through the reminiscences of men on both sides in the late 1800’s for my Petersburg site, I wanted to learn more about the postwar organizations veterans joined and how those organizations affected the veterans.
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