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Jacob Dolson Cox, The March to the Sea, Chapter Five: Battle of Franklin (Download in PDF)
The Battle of Franklin Tennessee November 30, 1864, by Jacob D. Cox, 1897 (Entire book in PDF)
Jacob Dolson Cox, (Jr.) (October 27, 1828 – August 4, 1900) was a lawyer, a Union Army general during the American Civil War, and later a Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the 28th Governor of Ohio and as United States Secretary of the Interior. (Wikipedia)
The newly released “The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War” by Little-Brown is instantly the best resource of its kind on the market, and well it should be. The senior writer and editor in the Publishing Office has led an effort to produce a first-rate reference book. Every public library should have this book and even the casual Civil War enthusiast will thoroughly enjoy perusing its pages.
It’s a typical over-sized reference book ( 13 x 9 3.4), but thin enough – with just 240 pages – to stand alongside one’s existing Civil War atlases. The layout is consistent, pleasing, and chalked full of interesting quotes and with more than 350 color illustrations.
The illustrations are not just eye-candy for the reader either, although many of the images used in the book are very rare. A few I have to admit I’ve never seen before. One will find
manuscripts in Lincoln’s own hand, onsite drawings made by a Civil War combat artist, maps, color lithographs, political cartoons, posters, [and] period photographs.
Margaret E. Wagner is no stranger to Civil War reference books either. She is the co-author and co-editor of “The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference” and “The Library of Congress World War II Companion.” She is also the author of “The American Civil War: 365 Days,” “World War II: 365 Days,” and “Maxfield Parrish and the Illustrators of the Golden Age.”
Most pages are divided into two parts. The top half (about 40% of the page layout) contains the artfully chosen illustrations to supplement the text. My favorites are images of actual hand-drawn pictures from the period. The bottom 60% of the page contains the text based on a pertinent event for a given day of the month/year.
I was delighted to even find an entry for May 12-13th, 1862, for the escape of The Planterby Robert Smalls and his clandestine crew. The inclusion of this event shows the editor and her staff are well-informed as to an event that is normally overlooked by most resources of its kind.
The fine book retails for just $35.00 but can be purchased from Amazon for a mere $22.00 or so.
Author-historian Eric Jacobson will sign his new book - Baptism of Fire: The 44th Missouri, 175th Ohio, and 183rd Ohio at the Battle of Franklin – at the Yeoman’s in the Fork bookstore in historic Leiper’s Fork starting at 1:30pm, this Saturday, September 24th.
Yeoman’s in the Fork is one of the finest rare and used bookstores in the South.
“Yeoman’s in the Fork is one of Tennessee’s greatest treasures and abounds with the history that Mike, Keith and the gang so obviously adore!”-Benjamin Franklin Cooling, Civil War Historian and author of “Fort Donelson’s Legacy,” “Counter-Thrust – From the Peninsula to Antietam,” and “Forts Henry and Donelson – The Key to the Confederate Heartland.”
Battle of Franklin Trust historian and author Eric Jacobson will sign copies of his long-awaited book on the Battle of Franklin titled Baptism of Fire: The 44th Missouri, 175th Ohio, and 183rd Ohio at the Battle of Franklin, this Saturday at the Carter House from 11-1.
His previous book For Cause & For Country precedes this new volume.
The book can be ordered via PayPal here.
Eric Jacobson has been a student of the American Civil War since the mid-1980s. He has authored two prior books, For Cause & For Country and The McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and has a deep and heartfelt interest in elevating the stories about Spring Hill and Franklin to their appropriate place in history. For many years he has assisted a variety of organizations, from Franklin’s Charge to the Civil War Trust, in their efforts to preserve and reclaim critical portions of both battlefields, which are so crucial to a greater understanding of the men and boys who fought there in 1864. Eric is the Chief Operating Officer and Historian for the Battle of Franklin Trust and works in the historic Franklin community, and nearly every day he walks the hallowed ground on which so many Federal and Confederate soldiers so valiantly struggled. His interpretive and preservation efforts at Carnton Plantation and The Carter House, in particular, have been extensive. He lives in Spring Hill with his wife, Nancy, and their two daughters.
It was 1862 when a 17 year old Margaret Nichol Vaulx, growing up during a time of great national strife wrote the words, “that I may be in after years an ornament to society and the delight of my dear parents.” She came of age during the American Civil War and has left us writings which are that very ornament which she so prophetically spoke of. Margaret (hereafter known as Maggie) was indeed the delight of her dear parents and of future Vaulx generations. Maggie’s journals have been described as both national and state treasures and as one Belmont University journalism instructor said, “she can be compared to a civil war Anne Frank.”
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