The Civil War Georgia series explores all facets of the Civil War concerning the state of Georgia. The open-ended series will include all forms of writing, from letters and diaries, regimental and battle histories, to biographies, and will be open to explore other topics such as life on the home front, politics, economics, and religion. Mercer University Press invites manuscript submissions for this series, as well as on any aspect of the Civil War outside the series description. All manuscripts will be read by competent Civil War scholars and historians.
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Georgia Sharpshooter based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I bought this book in hopes of obtaining information about Lt. Montgomery's activities during the two weeks prior to Gettysburg. There is very very little in the book about that. After reading it, I liked the lieutenant, who shared my opinion of Braxton Bragg (poor) and Joe Johnston (the ultimate retreater). The weakness is in the editing. Obviously, the first part of the "diary" was written by a Union soldier. I conclude that Lt. Montgomery picked it up on some 1863 battlefield and superimposed his thoughts. If the editor realized this, he did not comment on it other than to mention that the first part of the diary was written in another hand than that of Lt. Montgomery. The book fails to identify many of the men and women to or of whom he wrote. While some editors comment too much, this editor does very little to put the letters in context. Lt. Montgomery was in Wofford's Brigade of McLaws' Division. The recommended book contains the letters of a private in Semmes' Brigade of the same division.