New To the Civil War Memory Library, 03/26

Reardon VosslerHoward Bahr, THE BLACK FLOWER: A Novel of the Civil War, (Nautical & Aviation Publishing, 1997).

Ronald S. Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

Michele Gillespie, Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,  (University of Georgia Press, 2013).

Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler, A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People, (University of North Carolina Press, 2013).

Andrew L. Slap and Michael T. Smith, This Distracted and Anarchical People: New Answers for Old Questions about the Civil War-Era North, (Fordham University Press, 2013).

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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4 comments… add one
  • Bruce Clary Mar 27, 2013 @ 9:51

    Kevin, if you have not read The Black Flower, you are in for a treat. Although it remains true to the Battle of Franklin, it is really a literary novel more than a historical novel. It is the first in Bahr’s Civil War trilogy, followed by The Year of Jubilo and The Judas Field (which are actually set after the war). But The Black Flower is the gem. For literary merit, the only Civil War novel I know of that can touch it is The Red Badge of Courage.

    • Kevin Levin Mar 27, 2013 @ 9:52

      Just started it. I really enjoyed The Judas Field.

  • Dan Weinfeld Mar 26, 2013 @ 18:53

    The Reardon/Vossler book reminds to raise a question I’ve wanted to ask for a while: what Gettysburg guide book do the cwmemory readers recommend? I’ll be going this spring with friends: we’ve all been there before and plan to spend 2 or 3 days hiking around the area. I have the Petruzzi book. Should we stick with that, or is there consensus about another? Or, should we drop the book and go with apps?

    • Kevin Levin Mar 27, 2013 @ 2:06

      Hi Dan,

      This book is not slated for release until July 1 so it may not be an option. I brought my copy with me to Gettysburg last weekend and followed it while at Peach Orchard. There is a good deal of reading, but it’s definitely worth it. I especially enjoyed the section on postwar activity related to the battlefield. In the past I’ve used the Simpson/Grimsley guide, which I also recommend. That’s about it for me.

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