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Date Posted: 21:39:16 05/02/06 Tue
Author: Doug Cooper
Subject: Re: Which book to read first?
In reply to: Ken Cornett 's message, "Which book to read first?" on 12:44:44 04/22/06 Sat

>Of the suggested reading list, what might be the best
>one to read first and then the subsequent order?

Ken, from the federal perspective it is probably best to go with Joiner's book first. There are some additional books that are pretty good as well, one of which is The Red River Campaign, Union and Confederate Leadership and the War in Louisiana, by Savas, Woodbury and Joiner, Parabellum Press, 1993 and 2003. Forward by Ed Bearss. This book is available here: http://www.savaspublishing.com/CWR4-2.html and has great detail on US and CS actions.

For the CS side, the best soldier detail is found in the Polignac Book (includes the 15th TX) and the Savas book, as well as my favorite book on the TMD in general - The Civil War Reminiscences of Major Silas T Grisamore, 18th Louisiana Infantry. The only book on the 15th Texas is a master thesis written by a student from North Texas State. If anyone would like a copy, contact Major Frank Aufmuth, CS commander. I will be sending him several copies that can then be copied and distributed.

We are working on some more detailed reading for the 81st Illinois. Stay tuned. Start with http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/reg_html/081_reg.htm

Doug Cooper

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