Monday, June 27, 2011
Civil War in NE Arkansas
I have a fairly generous tolerance for flawed local history if the subject is fresh and Freeman Mobley's Making Sense of the Civil War in Batesville-Jacksonport and Northeast Arkansas 1861-1874 (Author, 2005) isn't a great book by any means. It is a clear upgrade over an earlier work that covers some of the same ground, Lady Elizabeth Watson's Fight and Survive!: The Civil War in Jackson County, Arkansas (River Road Pr, 1974). Given that, I think the reissuing of Mobley's book (under the new title Civil War!: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle Northeast Arkansas 1861-1874) is worthy of mention as it covers reasonably well a geographical region largely neglected in the Arkansas Civil War literature.