These Just In

8 11 2007


As mentioned here, I’ve accumulated a few books over the past few weeks.  Twenty-nine, to be exact, not counting the four I received for a magazine review.  So for no particular reason, I’m going to list those purchases here, grouped by the categories I use in my library.  I’m not going to provide links to them; by now you probably know how to find them on the web yourself.  Publication year is of the first edition – some of these are reprints.

If you have read any of these or have any comments, let fly.  Maybe this will be a conversation starter.

Abolition, Emancipation, Slavery:

Confederate Emancipation, Bruce Levine, 2006 – Southern plans to free and arm slaves during the Civil War

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Frederick Douglass, 1845

Nothing but Freedom, Eric Foner, 1983 – Emancipation and its legacy

Patriotic Treason, Evan Carton, 2006 – John Brown and the soul of America

Battles and Campaigns:

Antietam Hospitals, John Schildt, 1987 – The story of the hospitals set up in the aftermath and vicinity of the Battle of Antietam

The Battle of Glorieta Pass, Thomas Edrington & John Taylor, 1998 – The story of the New Mexico battle of March, 1862

History and Tour Guide of the Antietam Battlefield, Editors of Blue & Gray Magazine, 1995 – Tour guide


Winfield Scott Hancock, Gettysburg Hero, Perry D. Jamieson, 2003

Commands, Strategy and Tactics:

The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction, Mark E. Neely, Jr., 2007 – The destructiveness of the Civil War in a comparative context

Trench Warfare under Grant & Lee, Earl J. Hess, 2007 – Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaigns

Community History:

Confederate Charleston, Robert N. Rosen, 1994 – An illustrated history of the city and the people during the Civil War

Pennsylvania Civil War Trails, Tom Huntington, 2007 – The guide to Pennsylvania battle sites, monuments, museums & towns

Diaries and Letters:

Echoes, Benjamin A. Fordyce (Lydia P. Hecht, editor), 1996 – Letters of a Quaker surgeon of the 160th NY

Germans in the Civil War, Walter Kamphoefner & Wolfgang Helrich, editors, 2006 translation of a 2002 German publication – Letters from German immigrant soldiers home to family and friends in Germany

Maryland Voices of the Civil War, Charles W. Mitchell, editor, 2007 – Diaries, letters & newspaper accounts chronicling the experiences of Marylanders in the Civil War

Meade’s Army, Theodore Lyman (David W.Lowe, editor), 2007 – The private notebooks of George Meade’s ADC


Spies & Spymasters of the Civil War, Donald E. Markle, 1994


Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley, Jennifer Fleischner, 2003 – The friendship between Mary Todd and a former slave employed in the White House


Gangrene and Glory, Frank R. Freemon, 1998, Medical care during the Civil War


Personal Memoirs of John H. Brinton, John H.Brinton, 1914 – A Union surgeon and cousin of George B. McClellan

A Rebel Cavalryman, John N. Opie, 1899 – A Confederate who was present at Bull Run


From Cape Charles to Cape Fear, Robert M. Browning, 1993   – The North Atlantic blockading squadron during the Civil War

The Last Shot, Lynn Schooler, 2005 – The story of the CSS Shenandoah

Union Jacks, Michael J.Bennet, 2004 – Yankee sailors in the Civil War


Andersonville: The Last Depot, William Marvel, 1994

Special Studies:

The Civil War in the Western Territories, Ray C. Colton, 1959 – The war in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

The Collapse of the Confederacy, Charles H. Wesley, 1937

Unit Histories:

Headquarters in the Brush, Darl L. Stephenson, 2001 – Blazer’s Independent Union Scouts

In Camp and Battle with the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, William Miller Owen, 1885 – The story of the famous Confederate artillery unit

The House of Meade

8 11 2007

Reader Pete Peterson commented that he recently drove past the home of George Gordon Meade at 19th & Delancey  in Philadelphia while passing through the city.

I took these photos a few years ago (click on the thumbnail for a full size image): 

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The house (now an apartment building) was a gift of the city to the Meades. It sits right around the corner from the former Civil War Library and Museum on Pine St (today it’s the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum), where you can find Meade’s uniform, sword, the stuffed head of his horse, Old Baldy, and this portrait:


Meade died in this house on November 6, 1872.  Here’s a link to a New York Times article on his funeral procession through the city.  I’ll be in Philly this weekend for the Penn State-Temple game.