Sunday, March 10, 2013

Booknotes (Mar '13)

New Arrivals:

1. Protecting the Flank at Gettysburg: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, July 2 -3, 1863 by Eric J. Wittenberg (Savas Beatie, 2013).

Eric Wittenberg's award winning history of cavalry operations on the Union army's right flank at Gettysburg has been treated to a new revised edition.  In addition to detailing the fighting at Brinkerhoff's Ridge, the Rummel farm, and East Cavalry Field, this edition has new appendices, including a driving tour and a refutation of the claim by some writer(s) [i.e. Tom Carhart] that Stuart's July 3rd activities and Pickett's Charge were intended to comprise a coordinated attack on the Union center.

2. Interpreting Sacred Ground: The Rhetoric of National Civil War Parks and Battlefields by J. Christian Spielvogel (Univ of Ala Pr, 2013).

This book analyzes how public history (via museums, visitor centers, photography, wayside exhibits, etc.) is presented at a trio of national parks and battlefields (Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, and Cold Harbor).

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