Civil War–era journalist Albert Gaius Hills extensively covered the Union capture of the city of New Orleans in 1862. In this new volume, Gary Dyson edits Hills’s personal journal and newspaper accounts that chronicle Union naval operations against the Crescent City in impressive detail. The editor has also included biographical details and additional correspondence in New Orleans beyond the initial fall of the city.
This new work, published in conjunction with a major art exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is filled with stunning photographs, drawings, and paintings. The volume also contains explanations and commentary on the evolution of the Civil War era’s visual culture. Harvey concentrates on emancipation, wartime photography, landscapes, and the human face of war.
This fascinating new study traces the history of the nation’s first national burial ground, the Congressional Cemetery. The authors trace the origins and development of the cemetery, its evolution through the nineteenth century into the twentieth and its resurrection after falling into a state of disrepair. The volume includes an entire chapter on the Civil War and is accompanied by numerous photographs.
Maurice Melton’s exhaustive new study explores Confederate naval personnel stationed around Savannah, Georgia, during the Civil War. Organized chronologically, the work traces the lives and experiences of the white and black naval men and their families who guarded the city. It concludes with the Savannah Squadron’s journey to central Virginia, as the men fought around Appomattox Court House in the war’s final days. The volume contains numerous images and drawings and details several [End Page 553] personalities and military and naval engagements. Anyone interested in naval history or the city of Savannah will relish this well-researched examination of the Civil War.