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Book Reviews463 But was the peace convention actuaUy meeting in good faith? It is true that men of good will were there and a compromise was agreed upon, but Tyler secretly and openly worked for secession, and many of the delegates from the North spoke against any and aU compromise. At home, newly elected RepubUcans refused even to think about a peaceful settlement which involved compromise. When the proposed thirteenth amendment was submitted to Congress, aboUtionists from the North and radical secessionists from the South joined bloody hands to defeat the measure. PoUticians, then as now, supported their own selfish party interests. This convention, however, did serve Lincoln in one respect: it kept the peace until after his inauguration. Horace Greeley sneered that it had been an "Old Gentlemen's Convention," and the name stuck. Wayne C. Temple Lincoln Memorial University Personnel of the Civil War. Edited by WilUam Frayne Amann. (New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1961. 2 volumes, boxed. Pp. vn, 376, 373. $10.00.) In a fbeld vitiated by writers whose principal knowledge of the Civil War is their abflity to make money at the expense of good history, it is particularly gratifying to encounter a pubUsher who prints not new works of questionable value, but old and time-proven classics in Civil War history. Such a publisher is Thomas Yoseloff, whose knack for uncovering and repubhshing (at economical prices) the scarce, the unknown, and the highly respected books of yesteryear has placed his firm at the pinnacle of the Civil War trade. Few public or private Ubraries exist that do not contain Yoseloff 's new editions of such standards as The Photographic History of the Civil War, Dyer's Compendium, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, The Atlas to Accompany the Official Records, and numerous others. This new set is the latest addition to an already imposing list of titles. Personnel of the Civil War wiU not enjoy the wide distribution of other works in the Yoseloff series, yet this is not to imply that the set lacks merit. On the contrary, researchers, writers, and buffs who Uke to hunt down tidbits of data on units and commanders wiU find these volumes weU to their liking. Because the work is composed entirely of Usts and tables, it is a reference guide; as such, it is more to be consulted than to be attempted as pleasure reading. Volume I is a reprint of General Marcus J. Wright's exceedingly scarce (only four copies are known to exist) Local Designation of Confederate Troops, together with his Memorandum of Armies . . . and . . . General Officers . Wright, a former brigade commander in the Army of Tennessee, was named in 1878 as agent for the coUection of Confederate documents to be pubUshed in the War Department's Official Records. The two works cited above were probably his first memoranda for the government, and twentyfive "working copies" of each were printed. Although Wright turned out a prodigious amount of writing before his death in 1922 at the age of ninety- 464civil war history two, neither of these pamphlets was pubUshed, as intended, in the Official Records. Now readily available, Wright's studies contain 169 pages of alphabetized unit nicknames and titles. After each is its official designation. Hence, the familiar "Joe Brown's Pets" is shown as Company C, 2nd Georgia State Troops. Following this section are lengthy compilations on miUtary departments and corps, plus an incomplete roster of general officers and their yearby -year commands. The second volume treats much the same material on the Union side and is divided into two parts. The first section, a reprint of Record of General Officers of the Armies of the United States, contains dates of appointment to general—and in some cases the mustering-out date—of 2,570 Federal officers. Part Two, originaUy pubUshed in 1885, is a list of synonyms for various Northern companies and batteries. Broken down by states and then alphabetized, the compilation contains units known by a person's name (Berdan's Sharpshooters ) or by a sobriquet (Graybeard Regiment). An alphabetical listing at the end of the volume of all synonyms facilitates quick identification. Personnel of the Civil War does not...

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ISSN
1533-6271
Print ISSN
0009-8078
Pages
pp. 463-464
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-02
Open Access
No
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