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BOOK NOTES A Visit to the Confederate States of America in 1863. Memoir Addressed to His Majesty NapoleonHI. By Charles Girard. Edited by Wdliam Stanley Hoole. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Confederate Publishing Company , 1962. Pp. 126. $4.50.) Commentaries on the Civil War by foreign visitors and correspondents have a distinct value to the literature of the period, and Charles Guard's short narrative is one of the better representatives of this class. Girard was a thirtyone -year-old physician and exporter when, in 1863, he sailed to Charleston to view America's war and to see how he might increase his already lucrative flow of arms and matériel into the South. Four months later he returned to France; in January, 1864, his memoirs appeared. They tolds of visits with Jefferson Davis and the common people, of walks through the peaceful countryside and over battlefields, of conditions in the Confederacy, especially between Charleston and Richmond. This is the first English translation of Guard's memoir. Editor Hoole has added a thorough and enlightening introduction ; he also uncovered and appended four short treatises by Girard, including a discourse on First Manassas. Dr. Hoole and his associates deserve much credit for issuing this new, improved edition of Girard's observations. It is safe to say that this number of the Confederate Centennial Studies will eclipse in sales many of its superb sister volumes. The Twenty-fourth Michigan of the Iron Brigade. By Donald L. Smith. (Harrisburg,Pa.: Stackpole Company, 1962. Pp. 312. $6.50.) One of the most heartening literary results of the Centennial has been the keen and increased interest shown in unit studies. Thomas Pullen's moving story of tiie 20th Maine, Edwin Glover's stirring account of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, and well-edited reprints of exceptionally good personal reminiscences are illustrative of this new emphasis. Now, after twenty-five years of research, retired police detective Donald Smith joins the ranks with a thoroughly researched and dramatically written history of the 24th Michigan. Composed almost entirely of men from tiie Detroit area, and led by Virginiabom Henry Morrow, the regiment entered military service in August, 1862. Its largest losses occurred at Fredericksburg, where four colorbearers fell dead and the prized flag of the 24th was so tattered by gunfire that it had to be sent home to Michigan. The Wolverine unit then fought through the Wilderness to Hatcher's Run, and finished out die war guarding bounty-jumpers and 349 350CIVIL WAR history acting as honor guard at Lincoln's funeral. Smith has relied heavily on quotations from manuscript and printed sources. With the mark of a good regimental historian, he has allowed wherever possible the men of the 24th to tell their own story. If one likes war as seen and related from within the ranks, this book is a must. The Appomattox Roster: a List of the Paroles of the Army of Northern Virginia Issued at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. Compded by R. A. Brock. Introduction by Philip Van Doren Stem. (New York: Antiquarian Press, 1962. Pp. xxxiii, 508. $22.50.) This book is an embellished reprint of volume XV of the Southern Historical Society Papers, originally published in 1887 and containing the most complete parole list of "Lee's Miserables" known to exist. Listed by regiments are the names ofmore than 20,000 men who made it to Appomattox, and the original index—included in this edition—minimizes search. Owing to the scarcity of the original SHSP volume, this new and limited edition has entered the market. Published by offset printing, and replete with the original errors, the text itself contains nothing new. Sixteen pages of illustrations have been added to this new edition, as well as a short two-page introduction by Mr. Stem. However, the latter was written with obvious haste, as evidenced by two glaring errors. Appomattox, as any serious student of the war knows, is in central, not western, Virginia; and the original parole of Lee's army, as the editor assuredly should have known, was not in volume V of die SHSP. This present edition of 750 copies is priced excessively high, but it undoubtedly will find sufficient "takers" among...


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