Old Stuff Coming Up

24 06 2010

Still really busy, with no end in sight.  A few things on the Civil War plate left undone, and my apologies to Tom Clemens and Vikki Bynum for my failure to write previews of their new (and very good) books, The Maryland Campaign of September, 1862 and The Long Shadow of the Civil War.  As a bonus, I have already confirmed an interview with Vikki that will run with the preview, and hope to set one up with Tom as well.

On the personal front, it looks like I will be a contributor to a Bull Run related article to run in a national, quarterly journal, and I’ve been asked to lead a specialized bus tour of First Bull Run for a university affiliated institute in 2011.  Never being one to count unhatched chickens, I’ll let you know more if and when I’m sure these things are definitely going to happen (true to my glass-half-empty nature, this may be after they’ve occurred).

The other day I was at my local Half Price Books and came across nine bound volumes of Civil War Times Illustrated, ranging from mid-60′s to early-80′s.  At $3.98 a pop I couldn’t pass them up.  I thought it might be fun to go through them every now and again and pick out bits that might seem interesting or ironic given the passage of time, particularly reviews of books that perhaps have proven to be classics or stinkers, validating or repudiating the reviewer.  So keep an eye out for that.

Sorry – that’s all I have for now.

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7 responses

25 06 2010
Larry Freiheit

Harry,

Sounds like fun stuff coming up (CWH is the pub?). Congratulations on the CWTI volumes. I finally got all the bound volumes but at much more than $4 each!

Off the top of your head, where was Dixon Miles’s HQ at 1st Bull Run? Do you have a photo reference?

Larry

25 06 2010
Harry Smeltzer

Larry,

Other than “Centreville in general”, I’m not positive where Miles established his HQ. Let me get back to you on that.

26 06 2010
Larry Freiheit

Harry,

Don’t worry about it. Just wanted to add details to his section on HF. I may find it again.

2 07 2010
Larry Freiheit

Harry,

SHAF website problems?

Larry

2 07 2010
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks for letting me know, Larry. I don’t know what’s wrong with it.

26 06 2010
Terry Johnston

Harry:

Nice find. I got lucky, almost 20 years ago, when the librarian at my high school called, knowing my CW interest, to ask if I wanted their back run of Civil War Times, which they were getting rid of to make room on the shelves. Turns out they had a nearly complete run, dating back to the beginning. I should get them sorted and bound; as of today, they’re still in my attic, in boxes.

26 06 2010
Chris Evans

Something happened similar to me. At the middle school I was attending a teacher I knew gave me all of the back issues he had of Civil War Times from the ’70s and ’80s. It’s still great to read those issues and see articles by people like Bearss, etc. William C. Davis was the editor and James I. Robertson was contributing interesting sidebars.

One of my favorite book reviews is Wiley Sword ripping James McDonough’s Shiloh book from 1977. I think there might have been a bit of a conflict of interesting since Sword’s book had just come out in ’74. I like both of their books. It’s amusing to read these reviews many years after the book has been published.

Great Stuff!

Chris

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