Preview: Taylor (Ed.), “My Dear Nelly”

27 11 2020

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New in 2020 from Kent State University Press is My Dear Nelly: The Selected Letters of General Orlando M. Poe to His Wife Eleanor, edited by Paul Taylor. Paul is a Detroit Tigers fan and, among other works, is the author of this biography of Orlando Poe, the West Pointer, topographical engineer, 3rd and 9th Corps brigade commander, and corps and department engineer.

The selected letters of Poe to his wife, Eleanor Brent, span October 1860 to April, 1865, and follow his ups and downs leading various levels of infantry command but ultimately failing to garner the support necessary for permanent promotion. Consequently, he reverted to staff engineer duties and performed, by most standards, spectacularly.

What you get:

  • Forward by Earl Hess
  • 320 pages of text featuring 241 “highly literate and previously unpublished wartime letters,” fully annotated
  • Ten page bibliography including unpublished manuscript and archival material and newspapers
  • Full index
  • Bottom of page footnotes
  • Hal Jesperson maps
  • Photograph and engraving illustrations scattered throughout the text

It’s good stuff. Check it out.





Preview – Taylor, “The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known”

2 07 2018


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New from Kent State University Press is Paul Taylor’s The Most Complete Political Machine Ever Known: The North’s Union Leagues in the American Civil War.

As enthusiasm for the war and confidence in victory waned in the North – and opposition “Copperheadism” reared its head – loyal Lincoln men took action, “These men formed what became known as Union Leagues: semi-secretive societies whose members had to possess unconditional loyalty to the Lincoln administration.”

In Complete Political Machine, Mr. Taylor chronicles the Union League movement, its influence, and its legacy. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

You get:

  • A forward by Lincoln biographer Jonathan W. White
  • 252 pages of narrative
  • 30 pages of endnotes
  • A 27 page bibliography, including dozens of unpublished sources, newspapers, and dissertations
  • A full index

Paul Taylor is the author of numerous Civil War books, all well received. See his Amazon author page here.