Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Booknotes III ( June '11 )

New Arrivals:

* A pair of self-published books by Philip Hatfield, The Other Feud: William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield in the Civil War (2010) and How the North Carolina Militia Helped Start the Civil War (2011).

"Devil Anse" Hatfield's involvement in the Civil War fighting along the Virginia-Kentucky border is the subject of the first book. Some readers may recall the chronicling of these events in a nice article from the 1863 volume of the Virginia At War series published by Univ Pr of Kentucky. The second work, also brief, discusses the pre-secession seizure of coastal forts Johnston and Caswell by local NC citizen groups. Federal control of these installations was restored with an apology from the governor, but they were retaken at the war's outset.

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