Monday, April 02, 2012

Various things

1.  Hope for a regimental history of the 1st Nebraska VI remains unfulfilled, but, in early 2013, Bison Books will publish perhaps the next best thing, a comprehensive territorial history titled Standing Firmly by the Flag: Nebraska Territory and the Civil War, 1861-1867. Author James E. Potter has also co-edited the diary of 1st Nebraska soldier August Scherneckau for University of Oklahoma Press.

2.   I strive to mention when I can new book releases by historical societies that sound interesting. A Rough Business: Fighting the Civil War in Missouri (State Hist Society of Missouri, 2012) is a compilation of 14 previously published articles from their journal Missouri Historical Review.

3.  Did any fellow Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan of the classic "Time Chasers" episode notice that a recent (3/23/12) Civil War Talk Radio guest teaches at Castleton State College of Vermont?  It wasn't until long after my viewing of the movie that I learned that the chinny, Castleton t-shirt wearing protagonist was a walking (negative?) advertisement for a real college.  A "Castleton snob" Andre Fleche wasn't, but I had a little laugh to myself anyway.  I guess I should mention his book The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict. It seems to have been well received.

5 comments:

  1. Joel ManuelApril 03, 2012

    I never thought I'd encounter a MST3K reference on a Civil War book blog, but I admit my taste runs more to the actual movies they ridicule...I've been trying for years to convince my wife that "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" is a documentary, not a horror cheapie.

    Joel Manuel
    Baton Rouge LA

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    1. "Manos: The Hands of Fate" is always trumpeted as the most painful of all the movie experiences, but I can think of dozens from the show that were far worse torture to watch.

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  2. Chris EvansApril 03, 2012

    Thanks for MST3K reference. Such a great show! Just picked up the new box set.

    I did not notice the connection the 'Time Chasers' episode had with Civil War Talk radio. What a classic episode!

    Chris

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    1. I quit acquiring the DVD sets at around Vol. 12 or so. They must be in the 20s by now and it's too bad Netflix doesn't keep up.

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  3. Chris EvansApril 03, 2012

    The latest box set is Vol. 23.

    Chris

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