Friday, October 02, 2009

Booknotes (October '09)

New additions this month:

1. The Southern Mind Under Union Rule: The Diary of James Rumley, Beaufort, North Carolina, 1862-1865 - by Judkin Browning (Univ. Press of Florida, 2009).

Part of Florida's New Perspectives on the History of the South series, this volume is a nicely annotated diary of a man that maintained a passive facade to the Union occupation of his town, but seethed inside.

2. Their Silent Vigil: A Complete Guide to the Monuments of the Gettysburg National Military Park, Volume One - by Robert J. Nixon (Tate Publishing, 2009).

This is a large dimensioned paperback (first of two volumes) that aims to provide a visual inventory all the GNMP monuments. There is no narrative, with most pages comprising detailed line drawings of each monument (think detailed engineering drawings with front, back, and side views). The complete text inscribed on the monuments are reproduced, as well as the artwork -- i.e. sculpture, bas relief, etc. features (either in line drawing or photographic format). It has some flaws I noticed immediately that I'll go over in the review, but I think most Gettysburg enthusiasts will find it a useful reference book.

3. Griswoldville - by William Harris Bragg (Mercer Univ. Press, 2009).

Paperback reprint of the 2000 1st ed. hardcover. Appears unchanged.

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