It’s Here! New Edition of “An End to Innocence”

3 12 2015

5117nN09YfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The new, revised edition of John Hennessy’s The First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence is out, and Amazon delivered my copy on Tuesday. This is not a simple reprint of Hennessy’s very fine H. E. Howard’s Virginia Civil War Battles and Leaders Series entry. There’s a lot of new material and new interpretation in it – not to mention an acknowledgement to Bull Runnings. I’m working now on convincing the author to submit to an interview in which he can go into some detail. I wish it was in hardcover, but it’s what’s inside that matters. If you’re into First Bull Run (or even if you’re not, particularly), this is a must have. In my opinion, if you only have one First Bull Run book, this is the one you should have.


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3 12 2015
Jonathan Soffe

Hi Harry,
Are the OOBs correct?

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3 12 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Hi Jonathan,

I can say that he definitely corrected Ayers’s battery, which was wrong in the earlier editions. He still has Spiedel in command of the 1st CT. I think Burnham was on the field with them. But I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself overall. You’re the man, OOB-wise.

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3 12 2015
Drew Wagenhoffer

I was hoping to see it in hardcover, too.

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3 12 2015
Jonathan Soffe

On order so will keep you posted!

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4 12 2015
John Foskett

By the way, Harry, in the foreword to Gallagher’s latest UNC essay collection Cold Harbor to the Crater, he indicates that there will be volumes in the future on both Bull Runs.

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4 12 2015
Harry Smeltzer

That’s potentially good news.

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4 12 2015
Interview: John J. Hennessy – The First Battle of Manassas: “An End to Innocence,” July 18-21, 1861 | Bull Runnings

[…] now you’ve read enough here to know that John J. Hennessy’s anticipated reworking of his 1989 H. E. Howard Virginia Civil […]

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