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 Posted: Tue Feb 14th, 2006 08:51 pm
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Has anyone read Manhunt by James Swanson  yet.  I just got it,  Our Book Discussion group at the Drum Barracks in Wilmington California read either/or both Blood on the Moon and American Brutus for discussion this month.  That would be tonight.  Can't wait to heat what everyone has to say.  It does get heated sometimes. 

One of the members mentioned this book to me the other day.  It was on sale at Boarder 30 per cent off so I went to get it.  I hear they are making a movie and Harrison Ford is going to play Conger. 

I haven't started yet.  Just have notice after Reading American Brutus with it's half a book of footnotes in tiny print that Manhunt has notes in the back but not footnotes.  Not very many either.   It is written by member of the advisory committee on the Lincoln Bicentenial Commission.   Trying to decide if I am going to read this first or read something none CW like the other book I got at the same time Rising Tide  The Mississippi Flood of 1927.

Susan

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 Posted: Wed Feb 15th, 2006 03:09 pm
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I haven't read it but have heard good things about it, I'll probably pick it up one of these days and add it to the huge stack of books to read.  Too many books not enough time.



 Posted: Wed Feb 15th, 2006 03:27 pm
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David I agree .  There is a bookcase in my house that holds just the Civil War and Western history books .  Some have been read the rest are to be read.  Many I picked up on my travels around the West and the Civil War battlefields.  I keep hoping I will get them all read. 

I belong to a Civil War book discussion group at the Drum Barracks here in Southern California.  That gets at least one and maybe two read each month but it can also lead to another book suggested by a member that relates to the topic of the book we are reading. 

In the year and a half I have been a member of this group I have read some wonderful books.  Had some grand discussions too. 

As Thomas Jefferson said in a letter to John Adams,  "I cannot live without my books" 



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The publisher sent me a copy to review for the paper - have not got around to it as I have 3 other books in front - but I did skim it and it looks promising.



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Evening all.

With the stacks of books here to be read, I think it is safe to assume that the movie will be out before I ever get to the book. :)  Know here in NJ, the book is selling like hotcakes, and local Barnes and Noble is already out of copies.

Hope all are well.

Regards from the Garden State,

Steve Basic



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Basecat:

You have my empathy ;)



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David I would bet that most of us on this website have stacks of books to be read .  I would think it comes with the territory!!!!!

There use to be a cartoon series that ran in the Los Angeles Times about 25 years ago.  It was a single panel labeled alway FEAR OF NOTHING TO READ.  The cartoon I remember best was the soldier in a foxhole totally catatonic with everything going on all around him outside the hole.  The title was always the same Fear of nothing to read.  I use to cut them out and share them with my principal.  He was and is a reader as am I .  I have always had that fear of nothing to read.  My car has a book bag in it with books and Civil War Magazines incase I get somewhere and have to wait.  I always have something to read. 

Today it was an article on Robert Lowell.  I never realized Billy Budd was based on an inccident in his career .  

 



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Susan:

Yeah, I was a little embarrassed last night when Craig Symonds came to our roundtable and I had him sign my biography of Pat Cleburne.  He asked if I had read it yet and I had to say that unfortunately I had not.  Then I saw that it was written in 1996 and I got it shortly after it came out.  Had it ten years and haven't read it yet.  Oh well, I have some I have had 40 years and haven't read. 

BTW Craig is a very good speaker, a nice man and has a lovely and gracious wife too.



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I was very impressed with "Manhunt," although I was somewhat confused by one statement that Mr. Swanson attributes to Edwin Stanton. Throughout the years I have always understood Stanton to say upon Lincoln's passing that "Now he belongs to the ages." Mr. Swanson has him saying "Now he belongs to the angels." Has anyone ever heard of this being the actual statement made when Lincoln died?



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Just joined thus the delay in reply.  Have read American Brutus but not manhunt but feel the choice between the 2 is the full story of the assasination vs the events afterwards.  Have heard rumors of Harrison Ford in the movie but what would really make it a blockbuster if the rumors of Johnny Depp playing Booth are true.



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Would definitely read rising tide before manhunt.  Currently reading it for the second time.  Great book especially with the recent emphasis on New Orleans over the last year.  Not only concerning N.O.  but the Mississippi delta region.  Scary how New Orleans has to fear hurricanes but also the Miss. River.

 

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David

Had to contact a fellow texan.  I'm the first generation not to be born in Texas since the earyly 1800's.  Grew up in north Louisiana.  Dad, twin brother, brother in law, cousin went to A & M (corp).  Grew up going to A & M games.  Wanted to go to Sing Sing on the Brazos but my dad would'nt let me unless in the corp so went to Jerusalem on the Brazos (BU).  Moved up here (eastern shore of MD) from Shreveport about 5 years ago.  Really enjoy it, close to Va/Md/Pa battlefields.  Retired about 2 years ago from the practice of med. (neonatology).  Currently doing a great deal of geneology/civil war research (up to 50 ancestors who served in the cw).  Hoping to take the gettysburg guide test in Dec 07 if they offer it.  Also interested in cw medicine and a member of the C. W. Medicine Museum/Society in Frederick, Md (near Antietam).  Just came across this discussion board.  Have found some interesting and some comical replies.  I'm not a "lost causer" by any means.  Shelby Footes comments during a C-Span interview several years ago pretty much sums it up as to how I feel about the cw.

The Civil War, there's a great compromise, as it's called. It consists of Southerners admitting freely that it's probably best that the Union wasn't divided, and the North admits rather freely that the South fought bravely for a cause in which it believed. That is a great compromise and we live with that and that works for us. We are now able to look at the war with some coolness, which we couldn't do before now, and, incidentally, I very much doubt whether a history such as mine could have been written much before 100 years had elapsed. It took all that time for things to cool down.

Would like to hear from other individuals with similar interests in the cw.

 

Thanks,

 

Michael J. Cone, M.D.

 



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Doc C:

Welcome aboard, I believe Shreveport has been unofficially annexed by Texas with the gambling and racetrack, so in my book you are a full fledged Texan.  I'm familiar with Shreveport because I was stationed there for six years during my active duty days flying B-52s out of Barksdale.  My dad was an Aggie, I was an Aggie and now my son is an Aggie.  We were all in the Maroon (B-Battery) Band.  In fact we got great news last week when my son was selected for the (Sul) Ross Volunteers (just hope he is not escorting Kinky in January). 

There used to be a pretty good medical museum in Pensacola (collection of a local doctor), I think he actually had more artifacts than the Frederick Museum has on display.  But he had flooding from one of the 2004 hurricanies and I'm not too sure whether he ever reopened or not.

Speaking of hurricanes and New Orleans, our roundtable speaker last month, Don Frazier, who is currently writing a book on Texas troops in Louisiana says Katrina wasn't Bush's fault it was N.P. Banks.  Due to his numerous trips up the Red River he would always bring back slaves as contraband and the only land available to house them was the land below sea level that became the Fifth Ward.  All the white folks already occupied all the "high ground"  so there was nowhere else to put them.  Basically these freed slaves were taken to the Fifth Ward and many never left.

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David

Congrats on your aggie trifecta.  Brother was a bq and dad & brother in law were ct's.  On a serious note do you have any info on Camp Ford in Tyler.  Ancestor of mine (Pinkney Cone)  was in the Chicago Merchantile Battery, captured during the Red River Camp. and transferred there for the remainder of the war.

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For websites see:

http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/CC/qcc15.html

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/ford/index.html

(I know the first two are teasip sites but sometimes the blind pig finds an acorn)

http://www.campford.org/

Eyewitness account (book on-line)

http://www.48ovvi.org/oh48cf.html

To show the Aggies are doing the real work:

http://www.tamu.edu/univrel/aggiedaily/news/stories/archive/061998-1.html

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What it looks like today:

http://www.civilwaralbum.com/misc/campford1.htm

If you are looking for a book, some guy named Johnny Boggs wrote an award winning historical novel called Camp Ford (I don't know a thing about it, however).  But for history, the best thing you can do is get  Portals to Hell by Lonnie Speer that covers all Civil War prisons but has pretty good coverage of Camp Ford.



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David

Thanks for the help.  Have read parts of portals to hell.  Don't think that since I owe you I'm going to give you points when BU plays A&M, remember we're the vanderbilt of the big 12.  Another ?, any info on the Battle of Bexar prior to the battle of the Alamo.

 

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Let's see for that try Stephen Hardin's Texian Illiad and William Davis' Three Roads to the Alamo.  Of course the Texas Handbook which I gave as a link will have some good inoformation as well.  Look up Battle of Bexar and if it isn't under that look up Benjamin Milam and you can link form that article to however they refer to that battle.

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