A slew of new books arrived just yesterday, which as you can imagine is always a fun day at the office. Opening those boxes is a lot like Christmas--many times a year.
The Civil War Lover's Guide to New York City, by Bill Morgan;
Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia, by J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks, and Wythe Holt; and
Robert E. Lee in War and Peace: The Photographic History of a confederate and American Icon, by Donald A. Hopkins, M.D.
I am of course excited by all three, but the Lee book intrigues me for many reasons, and one in particular.
As a kid I
spent hours laying on my bedroom floor studying Roy Meredith's The Face of Robert E. Lee in Life and Legend (1947). It simply fascinated me. I recall usin
g a magnifying class to study the details (I used that same glass on the same floor to try and make sense of the ridiculously small map details in Murfin's Antietam study Gleam of Bayonets (which I loved, and still do to this day.)
Meredith's study is now 60+ years old and as I discovered from Dr. Hopkins's work, loaded with mistakes and
woefully incomplete. Little did I know that one day I would publish what I sincerely believe is
the definitive book on this topic.
Hopkins's new tome has every
known Lee image, with tons of info on the photography, Lee himself, his
history, and much much more. It is also professionally designed inside on
photo-matte paper by Mason City friend Jim Zach, who has done many of our jackets and the inside of several books). It is also oversize at 7 x 10.
I sincerely hope you