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Review: Crisis of Command in the Army of the Potomac E-mail
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Thursday, 09 April 2009 15:38
Review: Crisis of Command in the Army of the Potomac

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Simson, Jay W. Crisis of Command in the Army of the Potomac: Sheridan’s Search for an Effective General. McFarland (August 14, 2008). 245 pages, maps, illustrations, index. ISBN: 978-0786436538 $39.95 (Paperback).


As a Civil War general, how would you go about avoiding the wrath of Union Major General Phil Sheridan? The three generals Sheridan sacked, William W. Averell, Alfred T. A. Torbert, and Gouvernour K. Warren, probably should have asked rising star Ranald Mackenzie according to author Jay W. Simson. In Crisis of Command in the Army of the Potomac: Sheridan’s Search for an Effective General, author Simson covers the Civil War careers of the Union generals above, detailing how three of them met their demise at the hands of Sheridan while the fourth, Ranald Mackenzie, earned his praise and admiration.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2009 02:36
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Review: Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War E-mail
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Thursday, 19 March 2009 14:57

Review: Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War: A Complete Classification Guide and Illustrated History

March 19th, 2009 by Brett Schulte

 

e281afidentificationdiscsofunionsoldiersinthecivilwarmaierstahlMaier, Larry B. and Stahl, Joseph W. Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War: A Complete Classification Guide and Illustrated HistoryMcFarland (August 15, 2008). 222 pages, many illustrations, index. ISBN: 978-0786433100 $55.00 (Hardcover).

Did Civil War soldiers have dog tags?  Surprisingly, yes they did, and they are referred to today as “identification discs”.  In Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War: A Complete Classification Guide and Illustrated History, authors Larry Maier and Joseph Stahl set out to define what an identification disc is, to catalog the various types of identification discs used during the war, to provide some brief biographies of soldiers whose identification discs still exist today, and to discuss how to tell the authenticity of such discs when buying and selling them either in person or online.  In this profusely illustrated book they have fully succeeded in their efforts.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 March 2009 00:48
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Review: The 13th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry C.S.A. E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 March 2009 19:13
Review: The 13th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry C.S.A. by Mike Wadsworth

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This is the third of four reviews scheduled for Tuesdays in March.  Each review will cover one of the first four volumes of the South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set series from Broadfoot Publishing Company.  A significant portion of each review will show you how this particular volume compared to the others in the series in terms of regimental history length, amount of annotation, depth and print size of rosters, bibliography, illustrations, and maps.  I do this to show readers just how different each volume can be.  The South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set bears a striking external appearance to the H.E. Howard Virginia Regimental Histories series.  These books were, in fact designed as a South Carolina answer to the Virginia unit histories.  Broadfoot hopes to publish 50 volumes in this set, but that plan is dependent on how well these and subsequent books in the series sell.  If you are interested in seeing this entire series printed, I encourage you to pick up these volumes immediately rather than put off purchases until later.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 12:36
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Review: Shenandoah 1862 by Peter Cozzens E-mail
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Thursday, 12 March 2009 16:26

Review: Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign

Cozzens, Peter. Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley CampaignThe University of North Carolina Press (August 22, 2008). 640 pages, illustrations, 13 maps, endnotes, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0807832004 $35.00 (Hardcover).

Why do books on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign always seem to focus on Stonewall Jackson and his hard-marching Valley Army at the expense of their Northern foes?  Author Peter Cozzens asked himself this question and sets out to provide a more balanced look at the campaign in the ironically subtitled Shenandoah 1862: Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign.  In doing so, Cozzens uses many new primary sources and comes to some interesting new conclusions than previous works.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 00:31
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Review: The 14th South Carolina Infantry Regiment E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 March 2009 16:55
Review: The 14th South Carolina by Robert K. Krick

This is the second of four reviews scheduled for Tuesdays in March. Each review will cover one of the first four volumes of the South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set series from Broadfoot Publishing Company. A significant portion of each review will show you how this particular volume compared to the others in the series in terms of regimental history length, amount of annotation, depth and print size of rosters, bibliography, illustrations, and maps. I do this to show readers just how different each volume can be. The South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set bears a striking external appearance to the H.E. Howard Virginia Regimental Histories series. These books were, in fact designed as a South Carolina answer to the Virginia unit histories. Broadfoot hopes to publish 50 volumes in this set, but that plan is dependent on how well these and subsequent books in the series sell. If you are interested in seeing this entire series printed, I encourage you to pick up these volumes immediately rather than put off purchases until later.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2009 19:36
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