Update on my next book project!
My new book on one of the most famous brigades in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Gettysburg Campaign will be published (as was my recently released Flames Beyond Gettysburg) on archival quality, acid-free premium book paper from Glatfelter. Click on the icon above to learn more about the permanent, library-quality paper used by many leading printers and book publishers across North America.
I received formal notification today from LSU Press that my upcoming book, The Louisiana Tigers in the Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863, will indeed appear in their Fall 2009 book catalog.The book will be 352 pages, with a footprint of 6″x9″. It will have 8 maps, some of which I am using under license from Brad Gottfried (maps of the Second Battle of Winchester). The forward to the book is by noted New England author Brent Nosworthy, who wrote the classic Civil War book Bloody Crucible of Courage.
Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. October 2009.
Here is a snippet…
Early began preparing to leave York. He instructed the editor of the Gazette to print a handbill notifying the citizens that he would not burn the railroad buildings as threatened. In his opinion, he would have been perfectly justified applying the torch, “but we do not war upon women and children.” At 9:00 p.m., Early withdrew the guards from the hotels and taverns, and shortly thereafter, Avery’s North Carolinians departed the fairgrounds and army hospital. They marched westward to the Carlisle Road, where Gordon’s Georgians were camped. Smith and Hays posted extra provost guards to try to stop their men from deserting or wandering back into town to take advantage of the unguarded liquor stores.
A few Tigers were still in town, having missed the orders to return to their regiments. Lieutenants William C. McGimsey and J. Warren Jackson of the 8th Louisiana had slipped out of camp earlier in the day for an unauthorized “French leave” visit to York. Jackson, a confirmed teetotaler (a rarity in Hays’ Brigade) later wrote that York had “some magnificent buildings in it, the streets are very regular & well paved. The people are mostly Dutch and were very friendly. Confederate money was taken at par and I shall ever remember York with pleasure. . . . Had lots of fun, saw some pretty girls and amused ourselves extensively until 10:00 p.m.
The book includes perhaps the most descriptive narrative in print of the Tigers’ successful attack on the West Fort at Second Winchester, an assault that doomed the Union defenses. It includes, of course, a lot of fresh material on the Tigers’ interaction with the Pennsylvania civilians, including York and Emigsville, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the retreat into Virginia.
This is my tenth book in print since 2000, including four well received wargaming scenario books (a fifth one is due in December / January).