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This is the first of four reviews scheduled for Tuesdays in March. Each review will cover one of the first four volumes of the South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set series from Broadfoot Publishing Company. A significant portion of each review will show you how this particular volume compared to the others in the series in terms of regimental history length, amount of annotation, depth and print size of rosters, bibliography, illustrations, and maps. I do this to show readers just how different each volume can be. The South Carolina Regimental-Roster Set bears a striking external appearance to the H.E. Howard Virginia Regimental Histories series. These books were, in fact designed as a South Carolina answer to the Virginia unit histories. Broadfoot hopes to publish 50 volumes in this set, but that plan is dependent on how well these and subsequent books in the series sell. If you are interested in seeing this entire series printed, I encourage you to pick up these volumes immediately rather than put off purchases until later.


Sturkey, O. Lee. Hampton Legion Infantry C.S.A.Broadfoot Publishing Company (2008). 907 pages, roster, extensive notes, bibliography, indices. ISBN: 978-1-56837-409-3 $45.00 (Hardcover).

 

Bruce S. Allardice and Lawrence Lee Hewitt (Editors). Kentuckians in Gray: Confederate Generals and Field Officers in the Bluegrass State. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky (November 14, 2008). 344 pages, illustrations, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0813124759 $40.00 (Hardcover w/DJ).


Bruce S. Allardice. Confederate Colonels: A Biographical Register. Columbia, MO: The University of Missouri Press (October 1, 2008). 464 pages, illustrations. ISBN: 978-0826218094 $44.95 (Hardcover w/DJ).

Review: Roll Call to Destiny: The Soldier’s Eye View of Civil War Battles

Brent Nosworthy. Roll Call to Destiny: The Soldier’s Eye View of Civil War Battles. New York: Basic Books (March 2008). 352 pages, notes, bibliography, index, 14 maps. ISBN: 978-1567923247 $27.95 (Hardcover w/DJ).

Some very good things can result when an author has extra material left over from a previous book. Such is the case with Roll Call to Destiny, Brent Nosworthy’s worthy follow-up to his earlier work The Bloody Crucible of Courage: Fighting Methods and Combat Experience of the Civil War. In Roll Call, the author looks at varied and unconnected small unit actions from throughout the war from the soldiers’ perspective. The ultimate goal is to give readers a “you are there” feel while also reinforcing Nosworthy’s conclusions from The Bloody Crucible of Courage.

Who knows anything about Lee’s retreat from Gettysburg? Despite copious amounts of literature dedicated to the opening portions of the campaign and the battle itself, very little has been written (and hence read) about Lee’s difficult withdrawal across the South Mountain range to Williamsport and Falling Waters, and the eventual retreat across the flooded Potomac River, all while actively facing the pursuing Army of the Potomac.