SPECIAL---the Wartime Journals, Dispatches and Selected Correspondence of Kirkpatrick West, Special Correspondent of the New York Record, 1861-1865: A Novel History of Civil War Journalism

Overview

A picaresque tour de force, SPECIAL is a selective look at the Civil War (1861-1865) through the eyes of neophyte Union journalist Kirkpatrick West-who may have been the only Special Correspondent, North or South, who was actually paid by newspapers on both sides. West provided some of the most insightful and (even in this mockumentary format) accurate comment on the War.

Drawing on "West's" long-lost journals and diaries, Brayton Harris offers an unusual focus on the ...

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Overview

A picaresque tour de force, SPECIAL is a selective look at the Civil War (1861-1865) through the eyes of neophyte Union journalist Kirkpatrick West-who may have been the only Special Correspondent, North or South, who was actually paid by newspapers on both sides. West provided some of the most insightful and (even in this mockumentary format) accurate comment on the War.

Drawing on "West's" long-lost journals and diaries, Brayton Harris offers an unusual focus on the often-overlooked activities in the Western Theater: New Orleans, Cairo, and St. Louis; action on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers; the battles of Wilson's Creek and Shiloh; Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg's ill-fated invasion of Kentucky (where West was the only Union correspondent included in the invasion force); and, later, the fall of Richmond (where West was may have been the first Union journalist to enter the city).

A book for anyone interested in military-media relations, war correspondents, a look at aspects of the War often skipped over-or just a good old fashioned story.

SPECIAL includes what may be the most complete bibliography of books and articles by or about West's journalistic compatriots-who were also his competitors in the race to get the news first. And, maybe, sometimes get it right.

Portions of SPECIAL appeared in "Civil War," the magazine of the Civil War Society, 1994.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453703229
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

BRAYTON HARRIS is a retired U. S. Navy captain who served as media coordinator in Vietnam and as a special assistant to the secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon. He has also been a printer, a publisher, and an editor, and is the author of more than two hundred articles and ten books, including "The Age of the Battleship: 1890-1922," "The Navy Times Book of Submarines: A Political, Social, and Military History," and "WAR NEWS: Blue & Gray in Black & White; Newspapers in the Civil War." He was Editor of "The CIVIL WAR: Ironweed American Newspapers and Periodicals Project" and is uniquely qualified to be the creator of "SPECIAL."
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