J.E.B. Stuart / the Night the War Was Lost / General Lee: His Campaigns in Virginia, 1861-1865 / Hayes of the 23rd: The Civil War Volunteer Officer

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J.E.B. Stuart / the Night the War Was Lost / General Lee: His Campaigns in Virginia, 1861-1865 / Hayes of the 23rd: The Civil War Volunteer Officer


Rightmyer, Don, Infantry


J.E.B. Stuart. By John W. Thomason, Jr. Originally published by C. Scribner's Sons, 1929. Bison Book Reprint. University of Nebraska Press, 1994. 512 Pages. $14.94.

The Night the War Was Lost. By Charles L. Dufour. Originally published in 1960. Bison Book Reprint. University of Nebraska Press, 1994. 427 Pages. $14.95. General Lee: His Campaigns in Virginia, 1861-1865. By Walter H. Taylor. Originally published in 1906 by Nusbaum Books, Norfolk, Virginia. Bison Book Reprint. University of Nebraska Press, 1994. 314 Pages. $12.95.

Hayes of the 23rd: The Civil War Volunteer Officer. By T. Harry Williams. Bison Book reprint of 1965 Alfred A. Knopf hardcover. University of Nebraska Press,1994. 324 Pages. $13.95. Reviewed by Major Don Rightmyer, U.S. Air Force, Retired.

If you have been actively seeking out and reading books about the Civil War during the past five years or so, you are probably aware of an interesting and welcome trend-the continuing and even increasing interest in the history of the war throughout the United States. Not only has there been a high level of publication of new Civil War history works (as evidenced by the book reviews found in INFANTRY), but there has also been such a renewed interest in the war that several publishing houses have been reprinting some of the great classics of Civil War history long out of print. The University of Nebraska's Bison Book series has been especially responsible for bringing back many of these histories. While Emory Thomas's 1986 biography of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, Bold Dragoon, is probably the best biography on that cavalry leader, John Thomason's 1929 work is a welcome addition to the volumes about this Confederate cavalier. Although Thomason's work provides a lot less analysis and interpretation of Stuart's service and use of the cavalry in support of the Army of Northern Virginia, it is still a worthwhile study. The maps are mediocre in quality and presentation of their graphic information, but the penand-ink drawings of cavalrymen in action provide some interesting illustrations.

Charles Dufour's The Night the War Was Lost is an excellent study of the Confederacy's loss of New Orleans and how the Union's military forces brought about that feat. …

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