- In a message dated 1/2/2005 2:53:14 PM Central Standard Time, ... First, a caveat - I am not a librarian or professional historian. I am an amatuer as well. IMessage 1 of 69 , Jan 2, 2005View SourceIn a message dated 1/2/2005 2:53:14 PM Central Standard Time, tristan4th@... writes:
I hate to add on to this discussion, because I'm eager to get back to
learning battles &the war...But one more "bone-headed" question for
amatuer writers like myself..You, Mr. Powell being in the library
field especially...With so so much that has been written, the
question, how does one not help but "perform" some form
of "plagiarism"? This has always been something that I try to
avoid...But so much has been repeated...??
First, a caveat - I am not a librarian or professional historian. I am an amatuer as well.
I can't really answer this definitively. Instead, I can only explain my own thoughts. I don't set out to write on a topic unless I think I can bring something new to the subject - either new information, or more realistically, a different way of explaining the existing information that I have not seen presented elsewhere. This is of course subject to a great deal of interpretation, and what I think is a new twist someone else may think is old hat.
For me, this means delving a subject deeply. Usually it is triggered by reading something and finding it inadaquate or lacking. For example, I have an article forthcoming in North and South about the 96th Illinois on Horseshoe Ridge. I was inspired to write something on this unit because the story was interesting, and a bit of a twist to the struggle to place their monument, years later, and was not really told elsewhere. Cozzens did not really describe thier actions well, the regimental history was detailed in some places but lacked the modern context of additional scholarship and even Pat Brennan's recent article focused on the other end of the ridge.
So I had an idea, could not find much about the action in other writings on the battle, and had lots of primary sources to use.
There is, somewhere out there, a recent essay on 'what's left to write about' concerning the ACW. I confess I don't remember who wrote it, or where I saw it, but it was actually pretty informative on the subject. I hope that someone else remembers it and might be able to give us some detail on it.
- 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 AngryMessage 69 of 69 , Dec 17, 2010View SourceI 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?
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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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