A New Civil Warrior
Hello, and thanks to Mark for the wonderful introduction. As Mark noted, some of you will know me from my late blog, War of the Rebellion Revisited. Apparently Mark saw something worthwhile in the work I did there, and decided that I could make a positive contribution to this blog. I thank him for his confidence in me, since, unlike the other contributors to this blog, I am neither a professional historian nor a published author; I’m just a guy who loves to study the Civil War and visit the battlefields.
And I do have quite a bit of experience at that, having amassed a rather large library containing many of the major reference works on the war as well as most of the acclaimed biographies and battle studies; I’ve also toured all the major battlefields of the eastern and western theatres, as well as places like Glorieta, Valverde, Honey Springs, Pea Ridge, and other Trans-Mississippi battlefields. But I’m still an amateur, so my contributions to this blog won’t reflect the professional experiences of my compatriots. Hopefully I will provide a complement to them. In any event, I’m deeply honored to have been asked to contribute here.
In addition to providing this brief introduction, I want to update one of the items from my late blog. Readers of War of the Rebellion Revisited may remember that in July I mentioned Edward Cunningham’s dissertation on the Shiloh Campaign, having seen it referred to in “Seeing the Elephant”: Raw Recruits at the Battle of Shiloh. Joseph Frank and George Reaves, the authors of that work, called Cunningham’s dissertation “the most detailed analysis of the campaign” and stated their belief that it “deserved a better fate than remaining a manuscript on microfilm.” Well, I have wonderful news. The following entry appears on Savas Beatie’s website on a list of forthcoming publications:
Author: Edward Cunningham, Timothy Smith, and Gary Joiner
Precis: This remarkable dissertation, written by Cunningham (deceased) under the direction of Dr. T. Harry Williams several decades ago, is considered by the Shiloh rangers and many historians to be one of the finest studies on the battle and campaign. Richly annotated, with footnotes, and original maps, this will add significantly to our understanding of this combat in the Western theater.”
I don’t know whether my post played any role in getting this project off the ground or whether it was coincidentally already in the works, but in any event it is very good news. I can’t wait to get my copy.
And I’m glad to be here. See you again soon.