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 Posted: Wed Feb 4th, 2009 11:26 pm
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KJ3553, maybe you have read this book already. I read it last year. It is Irish Confederates: The Civil War's Forgotten Soldiers by Phillip Thomas Tucker.

I bought used it in paperback from Amazon.com, but it came looking brand new! It is an enjoyable book. Near March, I'm fond of reading about the participation of the Irish in the Civil War.

 



 Posted: Wed Feb 4th, 2009 11:39 pm
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No, I haven't read that one. Thanks for the rec! Yeah, I get my Irish up around March, too. Might have something to do with having a great-grandfather named Timothy Patrick Leahy. ;-)



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The Irish Brigade in the Civil War:The 69th New York and Other Irish Regiments of the AOP by Joseph Bilby. Only a short book, 132 pages, with another 100 pages of Appedix, Ordnance reports and photos. Well worth a look.



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 Posted: Mon Feb 9th, 2009 04:35 pm
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Has anyone picked this up? I read his book on Grant and Sherman. I personally think 1864 is the most interesting year of the war.

http://www.amazon.com/1864-Lincoln-at-Gates-History/dp/1416552286/ref=pd_sim_b_17



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 Posted: Mon Feb 9th, 2009 06:31 pm
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Iron Duke, that book looks very interesting. In fact, Flood's book on Grant and Sherman is another one I have been considering reading for quite some time.



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Just joined the Paperback Book Club (as if I need more books). My first order is below:

THE SPICE AND HERB BIBLE, SECOND EDITION -Here's how weird we are. We have two bathrooms. One has a huge tub big enough for three people, which we never use because of the amount of hot water it takes to fill. The other has a regular tub. So we converted the big tub into an indoor herb garden. Laid in a plastic liner, added soil and fertilizer and hung a heat lamp over it. Presto - a bug-free, disease free herb garden (and the best smelling bathroom around  )

JAMES MADISON  - Made the mistake of ordering this before reading some of the reviews, many of which say it reads like a text book. We'll see.

AERIAL ATLAS OF THE HOLY LAND - Not a religious person by any means, but the history and sites of the lands intrique me.

WE INTERRUPT THIS BROADCAST - Nice looking book + CD's with recordings of news casts of important events of the 20th century.

HOW TO COOK EVERYTHING - I LOVE to cook. Everyone says if you could only have one cookbook, this is the one it should be. Almost 1,000 pages! Can't wait.

CENSORED 2009  - According to the blurb: "Beyond a media fixated on Joe the Plumber and lipstick on a pig, events that forever changed the lives of millions around the world went unnoticed, underreported and sometimes out-and-out ignored."

 I KNOW none of us have enough books!



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Wow, get out, Joe! I wonder if my husband would go for the herb garden in the tub idea. . . we only have one tub, however. I'd love to be able to stroll upstairs for some fresh basil or cilantro in the dead of winter. And, you know, it gives a whole new meaning to an herbal bath. . .

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Wow! In South Florida indoor "herb gardens" usually refer to another variety of plant. :shock:



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Wow! In South Florida indoor "herb gardens" usually refer to another variety of plant. :shock:

Cleburne, please note I didn't say WHICH herbs I was growing ;) As a former resident of the Everglades though, I know you're right!



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javal1 wrote: Wow! In South Florida indoor "herb gardens" usually refer to another variety of plant. :shock:

Cleburne, please note I didn't say WHICH herbs I was growing ;) As a former resident of the Everglades though, I know you're right!


Enjoy your herbs---er, ah, ghost orchids!:D:D:D



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CleburneFan,

Flood's book on Grant and Sherman is more of an introduction to the subject, IMO. I didn't find a whole lot of new information beyond their prewar years.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2009 11:23 pm
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Iron Duke, thanks for telling me that. I do appreciate it. I have probably read much of that in the many books I have read about either and both generals.



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I'm in the process of trying to read Southern Storm by Trudeau.  I had forgotten why I enjoyed his works so much.  His style, his accuracy and honest to god hardcore research reminded me w/in the first 20 pages.



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I've decided to tackle the 3 volume set of Lee's Lieutenants.  I've already read the abridged version so I'm ready for the real thing. 



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You're supposed to start that trilogy at the beginning of winter, Duke; not at the end.

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I've always felt that the ACW was always more of a Spring/Summer topic of reading.  The difference between Freeman's tone of writing and that of Thomas Connelly's is striking.

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Iron Duke:

The difference between Freeman's tone of writing and that of Thomas Connelly's is striking

How so? I always thought Connelly is about as close to Lee Lts. we may ever see for the AoT. Enjoyed both throughly but it's been a few years for both.



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Freeman's books seem to be more of a narrative while Connelly's are academic and analytical. Freeman's writing is much more positive; even if an officer ultimately fails, most of them at some point during their career did something positive for the Confederacy. With Connelly, most everyone comes off as an incompetent buffoon.

I would never say that the generalship of the Tennessee army was better than Lee's but were they truly THAT bad?



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I'm just finishing "The Last Full Measure" by Jeff Shaara. My next will by "The Impending Crisis" by Potter. I've never read much on the coming of the war.



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