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  • Just finished Cutrer's Theater of a Separate War,which covers the TransMississippi from beginning to end. Worth it, the details of the Texas and LA engagements are great, and he does a great job on most everything until Price's Raid. Not mentioned, why did Smith allow it? No details about the planning and delays before it started or even the battle of Westport, unlike the details of engagements before price's raid.
    another failing is, because certain campaigns are covered fully, there is a back and forth timeshift that is problematic, e.g. Kirby Smith did this not that--wait a minute, the last department commander mentioned was Holmes or Hindman--where did Smith come from?

    Another problem, lack of maps. There is one general map and that is it. That map does not have, to cite 2 examples, The Boston Mountains or Alexandria, LA, both of which are mentioned over and over again.

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    • Originally posted by grognard View Post
      Just finished Cutrer's Theater of a Separate War,which covers the TransMississippi from beginning to end. Worth it, the details of the Texas and LA engagements are great, and he does a great job on most everything until Price's Raid. Not mentioned, why did Smith allow it? No details about the planning and delays before it started or even the battle of Westport, unlike the details of engagements before price's raid.
      another failing is, because certain campaigns are covered fully, there is a back and forth timeshift that is problematic, e.g. Kirby Smith did this not that--wait a minute, the last department commander mentioned was Holmes or Hindman--where did Smith come from?

      Another problem, lack of maps. There is one general map and that is it. That map does not have, to cite 2 examples, The Boston Mountains or Alexandria, LA, both of which are mentioned over and over again.
      Does it cover the action of the gunboat Diana?
      I do not wish to have the slave emancipated because I love him, but because I hate his master."
      --Salmon P. Chase

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      • Originally posted by Savez View Post
        Does it cover the action of the gunboat Diana?
        It's back at the library, and checked out, sorry, but I don't remember one way or the other.

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        • First Day at Gettysburg, edited by Gary Gallagher. The book is a collection of essays. It contains convincing evidence that Lee bears much of the burden for Confederate forces not achieving more than they did, along with the promotion of sub-par commanders to posts they did not seem capable of holding, again on Lee.

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          Dennis
          If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

          Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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          • I've been reading "History of the American Civil War Vol 1 & 2 &3" by John William Draper originally published in 1870
            Conservatives in the U.S. won't be happy until Jim Crow returns and "White Heterosexual Only" signs are legalized.

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              Scales Battles and Campaigns of NBForrest, great content, well balanced for what he and his opponents did well and not so well or poorly. the maps, as always with Savas Beattie books, are gems. A real plus is an OB for his forces at Selma--the only one I know of. One very frustrating drawback is some of the tables which give the OBs. There are 3 tables marked table 8! And they do not cover the same OBs. Also, no OB for Chickamauga, even tho there is a table of his division for early Sept. Strange omission because a second division was added before the battle.

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              • After many false starts over the years I finally read James Robertson's biography of Stonewall. I thought the book mostly balanced in his treatment of Jackson and his Confederate contemporaries regarding giving them credit and blame where due. Though it is obvious he is one of Jackson's boys in absolving him from blame at some critical junctures, particularly the Seven Days.

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                Dennis
                If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

                Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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                • I just picked this one up, and so far, so good: Unfurl Those Colors! McClellan, Sumner, and the Second Army Corps in the Antietam Campaign. My son and I were at Antietam this past Friday and this was in the gift shop.
                  We are not now that strength which in old days
                  Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                  Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                  To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                  • War of wars by Robert Harvey.

                    About the Napoleonic and Revolutionary wars . It tells the story of the war through the lives of Pitt, Napoleon, Nelson and Wellington.
                    "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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                    • Tried By War, James McPherson's work on Lincoln as C-in-C. An oldie, but a very revealing look at Lincoln in that role. Switching gears to the American Revolution now.

                      Regards,
                      Dennis
                      If stupid was a criminal offense Sea Lion believers would be doing life.

                      Shouting out to Half Pint for bringing back the big mugs!

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                      • Recently purchased a nice Kindle book on sale as follows: JAMES P. DUFFY --- LINCOLN'S ADMIRAL: THE CIVIL WAR CAMPAIGNS OF DAVID FARRAGUT.

                        It most interesting part for me was the thrilling narration of the naval engagement with the Confederate stronghold Port Hudson. I was surprised by the detailed account and I had been under the wrong impression all these years that it was not that much of a hardship for the fleet to run the batteries. Wow! what a near disaster avoided by the leadership and skill of the Great Admiral! The Confederate marksmanship and fire control was impressive. Only the Admiral's warship and escort made it through the hellish heavy gun fire. Glory! Glory!

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                        • "The Civil War, a narrative" by Shelby Foote. The three volume box from Random House (1986). Getting to the end of vol.2 . Afaiac very well written narrative, not just an endless summation of clashes and battles but including motivations, strengths and weaknesses of all personalities involved. Not able to judge accuracy of the series though, have to leave that for others to judge. Some more maps would have been nice. Amazing how often luck, bad luck and lack of decisiveness were so decisive. Got to admire the cavalry raids into enemy territory.
                          "For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return"

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                          • I am currently reading the latest issue of National Review. Oh, that's not what you meant.

                            I am about to finish Peter Cozzen's The Earth Will Weep which is about the Indian wars in the American West. While not exactly a book on the American Civil War, a lot of the officers involved in it were prominent Union commanders during the War. The book is mostly arranged chronologically, so the reader finds himself skipping back and forth from the Southwest to the Plains to the Northwest to the Texas Plains, etc, so it is sometimes hard to keep track of the Dramitis Personae.

                            I am also working on Stuart W. Sanders's Perryville Under Fire which I should have read years ago.

                            Lastly, I am also reading Lew Wallace's Ben Hur - A Story of the Christ. I am making a presentation to my local Round Table in November on Lew Wallace and hope that reading this book might give me some insight into him.
                            Don't leave good whiskey for the damn Yankees!" John Hunt Morgan, Eagleport, Ohio, July 23, 1863

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                            • Originally posted by guthrieba View Post
                              I am currently reading the latest issue of National Review. Oh, that's not what you meant.

                              I am about to finish Peter Cozzen's The Earth Will Weep which is about the Indian wars in the American West. While not exactly a book on the American Civil War, a lot of the officers involved in it were prominent Union commanders during the War. The book is mostly arranged chronologically, so the reader finds himself skipping back and forth from the Southwest to the Plains to the Northwest to the Texas Plains, etc, so it is sometimes hard to keep track of the Dramitis Personae.

                              I am also working on Stuart W. Sanders's Perryville Under Fire which I should have read years ago.

                              Lastly, I am also reading Lew Wallace's Ben Hur - A Story of the Christ. I am making a presentation to my local Round Table in November on Lew Wallace and hope that reading this book might give me some insight into him.
                              Ben Hur is an interesting choice. It shows what some of the generals were made of in peace time.
                              "It is a fine fox chase, my boys"

                              "It is well that war is so terrible-we would grow too fond of it"

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                              • I'm currently reading DS Freeman's R.E. Lee and Lee's Lieutenant's simultaneously. I've read them each by themselves, but they were meant to be read together. Jumping back and forth between Lee and his subordinates sheds much more light on the personalities and decisions involved.
                                "It is a fine fox chase, my boys"

                                "It is well that war is so terrible-we would grow too fond of it"

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