ECW has some exciting news to share from Blue & Gray Magazine, including the publication of a new “history and tour guide” with a main feature by ECW co-founders Chris Mackowski and Kris White. Here’s the latest:
Since 2017, Blue & Gray no longer publishes a bi-monthly magazine. However, Editor/Publisher Dave Roth is dedicated to bringing back important out-of-print material in an 8.5 x 11 soft-cover book format through Amazon on Demand. The first book is on the 1864 Battle of the Wilderness. It was never available in a print version, but originally was published as a download in 2017, when B&G had to cease publishing. This is the first publication with Amazon in what is being referred to as Blue & Gray Magazine Phase 2.
The authors of the Wilderness book are Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White. The book includes Blue & Gray’s signature feature, “The General’s Tour,” with sights-to-see, tour and battle maps, as well as vintage and modern color photographs. The original title was “’A Wilderness of Woe’: The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864.”
The book also includes two related appendices that appeared in past issues of the magazine, but not as Tour features. “Mr. Grant Goes to Washington,” first published in 1995, covers the general’s visit to Washington, D.C., in March 1864 to meet President Lincoln and receive his promotion to commander of all United States armies. The other, titled “Gentle Annie Goes Home,” also a 1995 publication, describes the personal problems and heartbreak that weighed upon Robert E. Lee as he prepared for a showdown with Grant. The book is annotated, indexed, and includes Orders of Battle.
Blue & Gray Editor/Publisher Dave Roth is the 2017 recipient of the Emerging Civil War Award for Service in Civil War Public History (click here for details). That year, we published a five-part conversation with Dave to commemorate his long career of service.