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Date Posted: 03:17:36 09/29/06 Fri
Author: John Schwarz
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


My dad's having a medical procedure this morning, so I've got to run, but thought I would post quickly. Please excuse the convoluted nature of this post...

While Not Red River Campaign, an excellent title on the previous year's campaign in Louisiana is recently reprinted: David Edmonds' YANKEE AUTUMN IN ACADIANA is a very primary source rich account of the Overland Campaign of 1863 (better than Dr. Lowe's book on the recommended reading list page...although Dr. Lowe is one of my three favorite scholars on Civil War-era Texas History, and I'll plug all of his books in a future post, if anyone is interested in social history...let me know). It can be found on the "New" page on Camp Pope's website: http://www.camppope.com/new.htm

While it's a bully idea to buy your books from Mansfield for the reason Fred noted, Clark has been devoted to Trans-MS Civil War history for a long time, and provides a valuable service to us all. Please support him as well: www.camppope.com

Another recent book on Clark's new page I want to encourage is Dennis Haynes' memoir of service in the 1st LA Cav (US). Capt. Haynes was from east Texas (lived part of the 1850's in Smith County where half of the 15th Texas Inf, our portrayl, was from, and the rest in the surrounding counties), and so there is a little info that would be useful there. However, the most exciting part of THRILLING NARRATIVE is his account of the upper South Unionists in Texas and especially NW LA where the Red River Campaign was largely fought. He has some excellent insight into the lives of the people of NW LA, so please check this out civilians!

Vaya con Dios,
John Schwarz
FGLHA/29th TX Cav

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