Friday, April 12, 2013
Arkansas Late in the Civil War: The 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, 1864-1865
One of the great things about The History Press's Civil War Sesquicentennial series is its willingness to embrace subject matter that most publishers wouldn't even consider. Sure, they do many titles of a commercial nature, but they also release more narrow interest histories like this West Point battle study. A book that should raise the antennae of Trans-Mississippi students is David Casto's soon to be released Arkansas Late in the Civil War: The 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, 1864-1865 (May 2013). Message board postings are my only exposure to the author, but he strikes as a serious and diligent researcher. Modern Union Missouri cavalry regimental studies are rare, as are glimpses at late-period Civil War Arkansas, so the book intrigues me on more than one level.