Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Google Earth Quiz Number Three

Faithful readers of this blogand I do you mean you, Lukewill recall the first two Google Earth quizes I offered up as a little diversion for you geography lovers. Quiz One can be seen here. Here are the answers to that quiz.

Quiz Two is located here (the answers for Quiz Two are found in the last of the 3 comments attached to that post). This time around I've snapped some aerial views of 13 Civil War-related buildings and one fort. In some photos, a yellow pushpin indicates the building in question. Name the structure, or the place.

The first two or three people to post all 14 correct answers either as a comment to this blog post, or as a reply in The Civil War Forum (where I am cross-posting this quiz) will receive an inexpensive back issue of a long defunct Civil War periodical. I am loathe to post much in the way of clueseven though these images are pulled out of nearly all context—because I end up making things too easy. If necessary, I'll post some easier clues later.

Refill your cup and let's get started. Click on the images to get a better view.

Image Number 1:
The first place he lived, near the confluence of a creek and a river, in the shadow of a giant yellow pushpin.

Image Number 2
Uncle John's men approached the church (in the center of this photo), and Old Jube's men treated them rudely.

Image Number 3
This pushpin points to a small and ineffective "fort."

Image Number 4
This fort was also ineffective, when push came to shove.

Image Number 5
Unchivalrous terms reluctantly accepted here.

Image Number 6
You figure it out.

Image Number 7
Either you know this one, or you don't. See pushpin at far right.

Image Number 8
Whose house was this?

Image Number 9
Whose house was this (center of photo)?

Image Number 10
Cozy cabin (bottom center) till that artillery showed up (top center).

Image Number 11
The general is Inn.

Image Number 12
See that tiny building next to the road in the center of the picture? That's all that's left.

Image Number 13
Once the center of attention, now it is eclipsed.

Image Number 14
After church, you could walk in the woods.

It's not too late to join us in the Big Easy

for the 14th Annual Civil War Forum Battlefield Conference, April 15-18, 2010.

This year we're enjoying a rare urban sojourn, but will get our fill of the Civil War nonetheless, not to mention our fill of some tasty local cuisine.

Hotel arrangements have been locked in. We've secured comfortable lodging at the La Quinta Downtown, easy walking distance from the French Quarter, and reasonably priced (be sure to get information on our group discount before booking your room).

Some highlights of the weekend include a guided tour of Civil War-related sites in the Quarter, tours of Fort Pike and historic cemeteries, full tours of two antebellum Mississippi River plantation homes and slave quarters, a private showing of items from the Williams Research Center (Historic New Orleans collection), a long stop to view the vast array of artifacts at the Civil War Museum (Confederate Memorial Hall), and an after-dinner presentation by Loyola history professor, Justin Nystrom.
For more information, contact me at, or click here.

[photo above: from Louisiana's Civil War Museum, New Orleans]

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Here's another enticing sale from another venerable university press

with a first-class Civil War list. I can think of half a dozen IU Press titles off the top of my head that will be welcome on your bookshelf, if you don't have them already (don't forget to put in the promo code). To wit:

Sherman's Horsemen,
by David Evans

On Many a Bloody Field,
by Alan D. Gaff

The Iron Brigade,
by Alan Nolan

California Sabers,
by James McLean

Grant and Lee,

by Major General J.F.C. Fuller

Winfield Scott Hancock,

by David M. Jordan

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Good deals at LSU Press

LSU Press is offering 35% off all of their titles ordered through the web site from now until the end of the year. That's hard to beat, and good news for Civil War enthusiasts, given the full, rich list of Civil War titles that have come out of Baton Rouge over the years.

The discount brings many of these titles into the realm of Amazon pricing, eliminating any excuse for not buying from the Press directly. I hope people pause long enough to consider giving their business to the publisher first.

I picked up a couple of titles, including Chester Hearn's, The Capture of New Orleans, which didn't look weighty enough to me when it first came out, but which now ties in too perfectly with the upcoming Civil War Forum conference in the Big Easy. I have my eye on that the big Daniel Boone biography by Merideth Mason Brown, Frontiersman, Daniel Boone and the Making of America. Looks like a good one.

The other book I purchased yesterday was Campbell Brown's Civil War, With Ewell in the Army of Northern Virginia, edited by Terry L. Jones. I'm a little embarrassed that I have not picked this title up before. Terry supplied an excerpt of his work on Campbell Brown's memoirs in a volume of The Peninsula Campaign of 1862 (William Miller, ed.), back in the Savas Woodbury days, and it was fascinating account. I always meant to jump in to the full volume when it came out, but by then, the focus of my reading had moved on down the road.

I did, however, pay my respects to Ewell and Brown when the Civil War Forum visited Franklin and Nashville a few years ago.