Longacre, “The Early Morning of War”

24 10 2014


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24 10 2014
Harry Smeltzer

OK, at first glance, while the author’s take on McDowell’s plan is not quite conventional, it’s not quite as “out there” as mine. I will say that, like “flank” and “turn,” I do not believe that the words “demonstrate” and “attack” are interchangeable.

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24 10 2014
Chris Evans

Really looking forward to reading this one. The detail seems great.

Your thoughts on it will be interesting to read.

Chris

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24 10 2014
Harry Smeltzer

I’m looking forward to it too, Chris. Have to finish “Corps Commanders in Blue” first, though.

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24 10 2014
John Foskett

Harry: I just received both, but won’t be able to get to either for awhile. Your thoughts here would be welcome when you’re done.

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28 10 2014
2 11 2014
Chris Evans

Just received my copy (finally). Have to say so far, really impressed. I like it. I think it is some of the best work that I have seen Longacre do.

Chris

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2 11 2014
Harry Smeltzer

Keep us posted, Chris.

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2 11 2014
Drew Wagenhoffer

Just past the 2/3 mark and the battle itself if finally beginning. Where are you at, Harry?

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2 11 2014
Harry Smeltzer

I have yet to begin, Drew. Feel free to leave any thoughts here, though.

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3 11 2014
Eight Years Blogging | Bull Runnings

[…] I crack open Edward Longacre’s new book on First Bull Run, I think I may provide a kind of running commentary. I don’t know if that will be daily, […]

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4 11 2014
Jonathan Soffe

Really enjoying the read! Only a few errors with the troop designations which is a shame but otherwise a very detailed overview of the Manassas campaign.

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4 11 2014
Harry Smeltzer

For those of you who don’t know Jonathan has a great site with First Bull Run Orders of Battle. The most detailed I know. Click on his name to visit http://www.firstbullrun.co.uk.

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5 11 2014
Chris Evans

I agree. Excellent book. Enjoying my reading so far.

He didn’t stumble in the naming of Sherman’s battery. Nice, fair discussion on Stonewall and his name. Glad he doesn’t go out of his way to bash Beauregard and McDowell.

Great line about Joseph Johnston (which I thought was a sort of compliment) about not occupying a piece of ground without thoughts of how he was going to retreat from it.

Chris

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4 11 2014
Jonathan Soffe

Thanks Harry!

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