Civil War Book Acquisitions: January 2013, Part 2

by Brett Schulte on January 18, 2013 · 0 comments

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 Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in the Civil War
by James C. Burke

978-0-7864-7154-6

272 pages, 41 photos, 2 maps, 5 graphs, charts, appendices, notes, bibliography, index, $35 softcover (6 x 9)

McFarland and Company, Inc.

Publication Date: December 2012

TOCWOC’s Take: This books combines two of my interests, the Civil War and railroad history.  James C. Burke is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Wilmington Railroad Museum and has had articles published in several magazines.  The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad faced many obstacles during the Civil War, ultimately surviving the collapse of the Confederacy and becoming a regional economic power.

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A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans: The Journals and Reports of Albert Gaius Hills of the Boston Journal
by Albert Gaius Hills
edited by Gary L. Dyson

978-0-7864-7193-5

204 pages, 17 maps & illustrations, notes, bibliography, index, $45 softcover (6 x 9)

McFarland and Company, Inc.

Publication Date: December 2012

TOCWOC’s Take: This book covers the journals of Boston Journal newspaper correspondent Albert Gaius Hills, who winessed and reported on the fall of New Orleans in 1862.  In addition to Hills’ journal entries, the published newspaper articles he wrote are also reproduced.  Editor Gary Dyson also gives readers background biographical information on Hills.  This would appear to be a nice book for those of you interested in the fall of New Orleans full of primary source material.

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“This Terrible Struggle for Life”: The Civil War Letters of a Union Regimental Surgeon
by Thomas S. Hawley
edited by Dennis W. Belcher

978-0-7864-6658-0

McFarland and Company, Inc.

Publication Date: 2012

TOCWOC’s Take: Dr. Thomas Hawley served in the Western Theater and was in the thick of the fighting.  This collection of letters covers his Civil War experiences on the ground.


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