Preview: Pfarr, “Longstreet at Gettysburg”

19 12 2019

b05c2ea8-f26f-4ee5-ab7b-1f3dfb9e7f71_1.e8282d87c195f3ff131d7793df1c2dd4A recent publication from McFarland & Co. is Cory M. Pfarr’s Longstreet at Gettysburg: A Critical Reassessment. Mr. Pfarr works for the Department of Defense and lives in Pikeville, MD.

From the back cover:

This is the first book-length analysis of Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s actions at Gettysburg. The author argues that Longstreet has been discredited unfairly, beginning with character assassination by his contemporaries after the war and, persistently, by historians in the decades since.

By a close study of the three-day battle and an incisive historiographical inquiry into Longstreet’s treatment by scholars, the author presents an alternative view of Longstreet as an effective military leader, and refutes over a century of negative evaluations.

I guess the key phrase here is “book-length,” because undoubtedly there have been other works that reassess Longstreet in general, stretching back to the first assessments, as well as modern works by folks like Jeffery Wert, Henry Knudsen and William Garrett Piston, to name just a few. How this singular focus on Lee’s Warhorse’s work at Gettysburg specifically differs from others is the question.

You get:

  • Foreword by Harold Knudsen
  • 186 pages of narrative in 25 chapters.
  • 12 pages of endnotes.
  • 4 1/2 page bibliography, primarily published sources.
  • Full index

 

 

 





Preview – Stahl & Borders, “Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam”

13 12 2019

0facesantietamA 2019 release from The History Press is Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam, by Joseph Stahl and Matthew Borders. Mr. Stahl is a licensed Antietam Battlefield Guide and has authored numerous articles on the civil war. Mr. Borders is a National Park Service ranger at Monocacy National Battlefield as well as a licensed Antietam Battlefield Guide.

Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam is built around carte de visites (CDVs) of 36 individual soldiers who fought at Antietam, from Mr. Stahl’s personal collection. They’re organized by the sectors of the field in which the men fought, six sectors with six soldiers each. Each CDV is accompanied by a biographical sketch of the soldier. Maps from Brad Gottfried’s The Maps of Antietam kick off each sector/chapter. Also included are endnotes, bibliography, and full index.





Previews – Three New(er) Savas Beatie Titles

12 12 2019

Here we go: a post! I have a stack of books here, some requiring a preview, and some requiring interviews. My apologies for the delay. So, without further ado, three recent releases from Savas Beatie.

914351794_480x480“Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken:” Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg, July 4-14, 1863, by Thomas J. Ryan and Richard R. Schaus. In this sequel to his Spies, Scouts, and Secrets of the Gettysburg Campaign, author Ryan is joined by Schaus, a fellow former government intelligence employee. From the promotional materials:

This comprehensive day-by-day account examines how Maj. Gen. George G. Meade organized and motivated his Army of the Potomac in response to President Abraham Lincoln’s mandate to bring about the “literal or substantial destruction” of General Robert E. Lee’s defeated and retreating Army of Northern Virginia.

You get:

  • 301 pages of narrative in 11 daily chapters, aftermath, and assessments
  • An appendix on Meade and the Bureau of Military Intelligence (BMI)
  • An appendix of BMI reports
  • An appendix on Lincoln’s famous, unsent letter of frustration to Meade
  • 17 page bibliography, including  numerous newspapers accounts
  • Full Index
  • Bottom of the page footnotes
  • 14 Hal Jesperson maps

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0johnsonvilleJohnsonville: Union Supply Operations on the Tennessee River and the Battle of Johnsonville, November 4-5, 1864, by Jeffery T. Wooten. Wooten is currently the Park Manager for Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN, and has worked at various Tennessee stat parks and Pamplin Historical Park. From the promotional materials:

[Wooten’s book] sheds light on the creation and strategic role of the Union supply depot, the use of railroads and logistics, and the depot’s defense. [It] covers the emergence of a civilian town around the depot…[and] includes the best and most detailed account of the Battle of Johnsonville…The complex land-water operation nearly wiped out the Johnsonville supply depot, severely disrupted Gen. George Thomas’s army in Nashville, and impeded his operations against John Bell Hood’s Confederate army.

You get:

  • 179 pages of narrative in 9 chapters and aftermath
  • One appendix on the “U. S. Quartermaster’s Department in Tennessee
  • 11 page bibliography, including numerous newspapers and unpublished manuscript sources
  • Full index
  • Bottom of page footnotes
  • 9 maps

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0hornpeteThe Petersburg Regiment in the Civil War: A History of the 12 Virginia Infantry form John Brown’s Hanging to Appomattox, 1859-1865, by John Horn. Mr. Horn is the author of The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad. From the promotional materials:

Horn’s definitive history is grounded in decades of archival research that uncovered scores of previously unused accounts. The result is a lively, driving, up-tempo regimental history that not only describes the unit’s marches and battles, but includes personal glimpses into the lives of the Virginians who made up the 12th regiment.

You get:

  • 406 pages of narrative in 22 chapters and epilogue.
  • 20 page bibliography
  • Full index
  • Bottom of page footnotes
  • 32 (!) maps