Preview – Horn: “The Siege of Petersburg”

26 02 2015

Layout 1Savas-Beatie continues its series of 150th Anniversary revised editions with a rework of John Horn’s 1991 Howard Battles and Leaders Series study, Destruction of the Weldon Railroad Deep Bottom Globe Tavern and Reams Station August 14-25, 1864. The new title is The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864, just so you don’t get confused. The subject is what’s known as Grant’s Fourth Offensive, dubbed the longest and most costly offensive of the Petersburg Campaign, and involved the battles of Second Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern, and Second Reams’s Station.

What you get is 313 pages of text, plus four statistical tables, and three Orders of Battle. The tables are new to this edition, as are the maps by Hampton Newsome (there appear to be plenty of them, but whether or not they serve to illuminate the text remains to be seen.) The text has also been updated with more than 20 years of new research, most notably provided by what has been published as Civil War Talks: The Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans, co-edited by Horn, the memoir of a Petersburg lawyer who was a member of the 12th Virginia Infantry.

As usual, you also get a quality hardback binding, real-live footnotes, and a sturdy and colorful jacket. And all for $32.95. Not too shabby!


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26 02 2015
Ted Savas

Thanks a lot, Harry. I really have enjoyed producing these Petersburg books because there is so much new and fresh information I had never read before by writers who really know their stuff. We still have one or two coming…

(You forgot to note the free bootleg Judas Priest–or is that Arminius, I forget–CD inside select titles. Or not.)

Ted

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26 02 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Those two bands sound so much alike, I can see how you get confused.

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26 02 2015
Ted Savas

HS

From your lips to the Big Guy’s ears. (Now some folks are going to start Googling in an effort to find this Arminius bunch.)

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