Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Books
- In a message dated 12/31/2004 9:08:47 PM Central Standard Time, civilwarlady@... writes:
I think sometimes people get too caught up in this "professional
historian" versus "historian" or "Authority". The purpose of a
professional historian is vastly different than that of a local
historian or an "expert" in a certain aspect of the war, or
an "amatuer". And to me, all of them have something of great value
I dont thing the whole question is merely one of semantics, however. Foote's trilogy is outstanding - fun to read, as well.
However, his reliance on secondary sources means that he repeats dozens of errors, and that there are many things in his books that are not true. For example, Foote states that Buford's Cavalry carried repeating rifles at Gettysburg, which is why they held off the Confederates on July 1. This is a myth, but because Foote states it, it gets lots of attention and gets repeated often.
Foote relied on a previous popular account of the action for that information. Had he worked with primary sources (say, the ordnance returns) he would have discovered that this story isn't true.
This is why Foote's work is not regularly cited - it contains inaccuracies. And without footnotes, the reader has no idea where a particular statement came from, or how to verify it. People are not simply being snobs.
This doesn't detract from the value of Foote's work as a popular history, but it does very much limit it's usefulness for serious research.
- I really liked Sherman's Horsemen, by Evans along with those you have mentioned. Castel's Decision in the West is an excellent read as is Embrace an Angry Wind, The Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville by Wiley Sword.
From: "pete@..." <pete@...>
Sent: Sun, December 12, 2010 10:45:14 AM
Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] Books
Wiley Sword and Larry Daniels' books on Shiloh
Connelly ARMY OF THE HEARTLAND and AUTUMN OF GLORY
Castel DECISION IN THE WEST THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN
Peter Cozzens books on Stones River (Murfreesboro) and Iuka & Corinth
Horn THE DECISIVE BATTLE OF NASHVILLE
Davis SHERMAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA
Miers THE WEB OF VICTORY (Vicksburg)
Horn THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE
Woodworth NOTHING BUT VICTORY THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE
Sherman and Grant's MEMOIRS
Along with Chris' question, what thoughts does the group have on WAR LIKE THE THUNDERBOLT?
------- Original Message -------
From : chris bryant[mailto:paladinsf@...]
Sent : 12/11/2010 5:49:02 PM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : RE: [civilwarwest] Books
Been pretty slow since I subscribed;maybe everybody's on vacation?Thought I'd ask:what books do you particularly recommend on the war in the
west?I like Thomas Lawrence Connelly;he had a lot to do with my interest in the west and I'm convinced that he was right about the relative
importance of the theater and the small minded outlook of R.E.LEE.I've read some other books and articles but thought I'd like to hear if this list
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