April 2013 Civil War Book Notes

Those that can’t write, Review!

April 2013

James W. Durney


Scheduled to be in the stores

 The LAST BATTLE OF WINCHESTER: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7 – September 19, 1864 by Scott Patchan looks at the third Battle of Winchester the largest, longest, and bloodiest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley.  This book is in the finial proofing stage and on schedule.

ROBERT E. LEE IN WAR AND PEACE: Photographs of a Confederate and American Icon by Donald Hopkins uses the 61 known images of Lee to provide a sweeping history of Lee’s life and a compelling discussion of antique photography.

Eric Wittenberg’s Protecting the Flanks: The Battles for Brinkerhoff’s Ridge and East Cavalry Field, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863 is a new edition with a new map, additional illustrations, two new appendices, and other material.


April 2013

Scott L. Mingus Sr.’s Confederate General: Gov. William “Extra Billy” Smith: From Virginia’s Statehouse to Gettysburg Scapegoat  tells us about the oldest and one of the most controversial Confederate generals on the field at Gettysburg.

Earl J. Hess turns his considerable talents to Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign from The University of North Carolina Press.

The Gettysburg Campaign in Numbers and Losses: Synopses, Orders of Battle, Strengths, Casualties, and Maps, June 9 – July 14, 1863 by J. David Petruzzi and Steven Stanley looks at more than three dozen engagements both large and small waged during the five weeks of the Gettysburg Campaign. A synopsis of each engagement, over three dozen, includes photos of the commanders, an original full page map of the fighting, an order of battle with numbers and losses (including killed, wounded, captured, and missing), charts and graphs of relative strengths and losses, a conclusion of how the fighting affected each side and the course of the campaign.

GENERAL GORDON GRANGER: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth” by Robert Conner looks at the general who acted as a gunner at Chattanooga incurring Grant’s displeasure.  There is a lot more to Granger than that one incident.

The Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia by J. Michael Cobb, Ed Hicks, and Wythe Holt id the first full-length treatment of this small but consequential June 1861 battle.


GENERAL GRANT AND THE REWRITING OF HISTORY: How a Great General (and Others) Helped Destroy General William S. Rosecrans and Influence our Understanding of the Civil War by Frank Varney argues that Grant’ memories are so riddled with flaws as to be unreliable.  The first of two volumes concentrates on Grant’s treatment of Rosecrans.

James S. Humphreys’ Edifice of Freedom: The Civil War Amendments in Historical Perspective looks at the historical context in which each amendment came to fruition and then traces the evolution of the amendments and their impact over time in American life.

Steven J. Ramold looks at the wide array of factors preventing the Union Army and the civilians on whose behalf they were fighting from being a united front during the Civil War.  Across the Divide: Union Soldiers View the Northern Home Front  illustrates how the divided spheres of Civil War experience created social and political conflict far removed from the better-known battlefields of the war.

Captives in Blue: The Civil War Prisons of the Confederacy completes Roger Pickenpaugh’s earlier groundbreaking book Captives in Gray: The Civil War Prisons of the Union, rounding out his examination of Civil War prisoner of war facilities.  They missed the February publication date.

The Lincoln Assassination: Where Are They Now? – A Guide to the Burial Places of Individuals Connected to the Lincoln Assassination in Washington, DC by Jim Garrett and Richard Smyth.


May 2013

Barksdale’s Charge by Phillip Thomas Tucker is a history of Barksdale Mississippi Brigade on the afternoon of July 2, 1863.  Their charge late in the day was “the grandest charge I ever saw” according to many witnesses.  Barksdale’s Charge almost pushed the Army of the Potomac off Cemetery Ridge.  While Pickett’s Charge receives history’s attention this could be the closest Lee came to victory at Gettysburg.

The Petersburg Campaign: The Western Front Battles, September 1864 – April 1865, Volume 2 by Edwin Bearss and Bryce Suderow is a “must have” book. This is 504 pages with original maps by Civil War cartographer Steven Stanley.

Atlanta, Cradle of the New South Race and Remembering in the Civil War’s Aftermath by William A. Link argues that the city defined the broader meaning of the Civil War in the modern South.

Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White is going to be a real step forward in this battle’s history.  Chancellorsville is much more than Jackson’s attack and wounding.  John Sedgwick’s Sixth Corps fought two battles in and near Fredericksburg.

Lee’s Army During the Overland Campaign: A Numerical Study by Alfred C. Young III provides accurate information regarding the Confederate side throughout the conflict. The book shows Lee’s army was larger and suffered higher casualties than popular history says.

THE CIVIL WAR LOVER’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY by Bill Morgan tours Civil War New York, places, buildings and monuments that grace the city.  This looks to be great fun for everyone and a new Civil War tour.

Joshua L. Chamberlain: The Life in Letters of a Great Leader of the American Civil War by Thomas Desjardin, uses 300 never-before-seen letters from sent by or to Chamberlain from his college years in 1852 to his death in 1914

General William Dorsey Pender: A Military Biography by Edward G. Longacre.

“Jersey Men, Follow Me…” A History of the 5th New Jersey Volunteers, 1861-1865 by John Hayward.

Echoing Still: More Civil War Voices from York County, Pa. is the latest book by Scott L. Mingus, Sr. Co-written with the editor of the York Daily Record, James McClure, includes excerpts from dozens of newly discovered letters and diaries. The focal point is on the region during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, but the book encompasses the slave era through the GAR meetings of the late 1800s.

June 2013

The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On by John Stauffer and Benjamin Soskis look at one of America’s most enduring songs.

A SEASON OF SLAUGHTER: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, May 8-21, 1864 by Chris Mackowski & Kristopher D. White turn their considerable talents from Fredericksburg to Spotsylvania.

Stephen M. Hood, a collateral descendent of General John Bell Hood, is the author of John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. This book is a detailed point-by-point defense of General Hood’s career.

Remembering the Civil War: Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation by Caroline E. Janney looks at the people who live during the war and how they felt after it.

The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army by Lorien Foote looks at the clash when educated, refined, and wealthy officers (“gentlemen”) found themselves commanding a hard-drinking group of fighters (“roughs”).

July 2013

Do not dismiss as “another Gettysburg guide book” A Field Guide to Gettysburg Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People by Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler.  The authors have excellent credentials.  Carol Reardon is the author of several unique books, while Tom Vossler is an excellent guide.

American Civil War Guerrillas: Changing the Rules of Warfare (Reflections on the Civil War Era) by Daniel E. Sutherland looks at how this type of fighting influenced the armies and the war.

Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care by Scott McGaugh looks at this important person in battlefield medicine.

August 2013

Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC by Kenneth J. Winkle is not the type of book we often see.

Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South by Barbara Krauthamer is going to surprise a number of people.


September 2013

The Northern Home Front during the Civil War (Reflections on the Civil War Era) by Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller covers the geographic breadth of the diverse northern home fronts during the Civil War.


October 2013

Shiloh: Confederate High Tide in the Heartland (Battles and Leaders of the American Civil War) by Steven E. Woodworth


Vicksburg, 1863: The Deepest Wound (Battles and Leaders of the American Civil War) by Steven N. Dossman look at these two important events.

Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection is a coffee table book released for the 150th that looks at some of the items in their collection.

Last of the Blue and Gray: Old Men, Stolen Glory, and the Mystery That Outlived the Civil War by RICHARD A. SERRANO looks at the last two Civil War veterans and the questions that outlived them.


Unavailable Dates

Steve Stanley and J. David Petruzzi are hard at work on The Complete Antietam Campaign Guide.  Antietam Chief Historian Ted Alexander is penning the Forward.  This is a full color book styled on The Complete Gettysburg Guide. The book will feature Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, Antietam, and Shepherdstown plus many points in between.  This will be part of  a trilogy for Maryland Campaign – a Guide, a Handbook, and a Numbers and Losses volume.  The format is “just like” the Gettysburg series.

Buckeyes Forward: Ohio Troops in the 1862 Maryland Campaign is Eric Wittenberg’s current project.  The book covers the Ohio units at South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam.  A second major section covers the actions of two future presidents of the United States, Hayes and McKinley.  Followed by a series of profiles for other prominent Ohio officers including George Crook, Hugh Ewing. Rufus Dawes, Ohio-born Confederate brigade commander Brig. Gen. Roswell S. Ripley and the Ohio regimental commanders.  Last is a look at the three Ohio soldiers who won the Medal of Honor valor during the 1862 Maryland Campaign.  The book will have a large number of photos and maps.  Savas Beatie is the expected publisher.  Eric hopes to submit the manuscript, about 75% written, this spring.

SECOND DAY AT GETTYSBURG, THE: The Attack and Defense of the Union Center on Cemetery Ridge, July 2, 1863 by David Shultz and David Wieck expands on the critically acclaimed The Battle Between the Farm Lanes. The book is a completely revised and expanded study, with new photographs, original maps, and a self-guided tour of the fighting.

History Press expects to publish Robert Redd’s St. Augustine: America’s Oldest City in the Civil War in the spring of 2014.

Eric Wittenberg is working on a project is for The History Press entitled The Battle of Yellow Tavern: Jeb Stuart’s Last Battle. This will be a study of Phil Sheridan’s May 1864 raid on Richmond, with particular focus on the May 11, 1864 Battle of Yellow Tavern, where Jeb Stuart is mortally wounded.

Yankee Dutchmen under Fire by Joseph Reinhart is due in the fall.

Ethan Rafuse and Charles R. Bowery Jr. are working on a War College guide for Richmond-Petersburg expected in 2013.

Brass Cannon Books is bringing out an audio book edition of The Queen of Washington, narrated by Judith Cullen, no date other than “soon”.  Running time will be about ten hours.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:00 PM
Earl J. Hess is at the Cobb County CWRT in Kennesaw, GA

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 6:00 PM
James M. McPherson is at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, NJ

Sunday, April 28, 2013 2:00 PM
Christian McWhirter is at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 6:30 PM
James M. McPherson is at New York Public Library-Mid-Manhattan Library



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