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Sunday, August 27, 2006

I know I promised a review or two on some the books that I have been reading before picking up any others but I have to say that I just got Generals in Bronze by James Kelly and edited by William Styple and I am cant put it down.

Kelly was an artist (see this post about a bronze of General Joseph Hayes) who interviewed many leaders of the Civil War and then later captured their likeness.

Often I find myself picking up a book just for the paragraph or two that pertain to the 18th or one of her sister units, never to read the rest of the book. The interviews that I have read so far are amazing and could very well change the way we look at certain well known points in the war.

Weve chosen not to provide a complete list, but there are interviews with Phillip Sheridan, William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Joseph Hooker, Abner Doubleday, Judson Kilpatrick, Daniel Butterfield, Gouverneur K. Warren, Daniel E. Sickles, Alfred Pleasonton, Oliver O. Howard, Joshua L. Chamberlain, and, of course, Joseph Hayes. There are additional interviews with non-combatants such as Professor Thaddeus C. Lowe, Matthew Brady, and William J. Ferguson, who was performing onstage in Our American Cousin and had a close up view of John Wilkes Booth leaping to the stage at Fords Theater.

Normally, I provide a link to Amazon but I want to specifically point out that if you go to the publisher, you can get a signed copy by Styple AND $10 will go towards creating a marker for Kelly.

Although he gave the world so much art and beauty, his grave remains unmarked. You can make a difference by purchasing here.


Thanks for all your help and kind words about James Edward Kelly.
Watch BookTV on CSpan2 on January 13, 2007 @ 5:00PM EST, and again on January 14th @ 11:00PM EST and see the dedication of the Kelly memorial which took place last October.
Feel free to pass it along.
Thank you very much.

Posted by Bill Styple at Tuesday, January 02, 2007 19:38:11

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