The new (March 2009) issue of America’s Civil War magazine is out. The cover is graced by the image of that warm and fuzzy Confederate Lieutenant General Braxton Bragg. The January issue featured the always polarizing Nathan Bedford Forrest on the cover, which resulted in some angry letters to the editor in the March issue. I think editor Dana Shoaf (or his staff) did a fine job in responding to those, and doubtless left at least one of the letter-writers feeling ignorant, stupid, racist – maybe even all three. Good going, editors!
Also in this issue, on pages 68 & 69, is my new column, Smeltzer’s Six-Picks. I’m not sure if that’s what it will be called in the next issue. And that’s my picture in the upper left hand corner of page 68. You can see my Penn State cap, but my Nittany Lion football jersey got cropped out. So now you all know what I look like, and also why I don’t post photos of myself here. In the column I provided brief, informational reviews on four new releases, and also hipped readers to a couple older titles that are related to two of the new books. That’s the general format I’ll be following for as long as the magazine thinks it’s a good idea. Let me know what you think.