Symposium Spotlight: Books, Books, Books Part 2

This week our Symposium Spotlight will get you excited about a summer reading list. In part two of this series, our presenters have suggested works that will get you prepared for this year’s theme “Fallen Leaders of the Civil War.” Let us know in the comments if you have read any of these, recommend any, or ones that you are looking forward to picking up!

Dave Powell, who will be speaking on Leonidas Polk, has sent in the following reading suggestions:

Horn, Huston. Leonidas Polk, Warrior Bishop of the Confederacy. University Press of Kansas, 2019.

Parks, Joseph H. General Leonidas Polk, C.S.A. Louisiana State University Press, 1962.

Polk, William M. Leonidas Polk: Bishop and General. 2 vols, Longmans, Green, and Co. 1915.

White, Cheryl H. Confederate General Leonidas Polk: Louisiana’s Fighting Bishop. The History Press, 2013.

Meg Groeling has given us a suggested read about Elmer Ellsworth:

Goodheart, Adam. 1861: The Civil War Awakening. Vintage, 2012.

Matt Atkinson recommends these Earl Van Dorn books to prepare you for his talk:

Carter, Arthur B. Tarnished Cavalier: Major General Earl Van Dorn, C. S. A. University of Tennessee Press, 2013.

Hartje, Robert George. Van Dorn: The Life and Times of a Confederate General. Vanderbilt University Press, 1994.

Miller, Emily Van Dorn. A Soldier’s Honor: With Reminiscences of Major-General Earl Van Dorn. The Abbey Press, 1902.

Our last book suggestions this week comes to us from Sarah Kay Bierle. Sarah will be speaking on John Pelham:

Hassler, William Woods. Colonel John Pelham: Lee’s Boy Artillerist. University of North Carolina Press, 1960.

Maxwell, Jerry H. The Perfect Lion: The Life and Death of Confederate Artillerist John Pelham. University of Alabama Press, 2011.

Mercer, Philip. The Life of the Gallant Pelham. Broadfoot Publishing Company, 1995.

Don’t forget to register for the 2020 Emerging Civil War Symposium today!

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2 Responses to Symposium Spotlight: Books, Books, Books Part 2

  1. Rev. AE 21-99 says:

    What would of happened next if Forrest, under orders of Polk in Demopolis, had not stopped Smith at Okolona? What if Sherman in Meridian had received his cavalry? Burned Montgomery or Mobile first?

    Rev. AE 21-99

  2. Glen Robertson says:

    Please promise me you won’t cancel the Symposium even if this virus morphs into The Black Death Part 2. With sports and concerts shutdown I’m getting testy. If I lose the ECW Symposium too I will be insufferable.

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