Personal Library # 28: Son’s Room, Part 9 (Found: BATTLE MAPS OF THE CIVIL WAR)

Happy Monday!  As usual, self aims to please.

She has arrived at a milestone of sorts:  The below are books on the lowest shelf of Bookcase # 1 in son’s room.  After this, self will tackle the shelves above his desk.

961 + 37 = 998 Total Books Counted Thus Far

Considering that most of these books are at least 20 years old, they are in surprisingly good condition.  The books on the lowest shelf of the bookcase include:  9 Eyewitness Books, including Early Humans and Dinosaurs:  How They Lived; Social Psychology, 5th edition;  9 Tin Tin books; Starry Messenger, by Peter Sis;  Frederick, by Leo Lionni; Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, by John Burningham;  The Wild Swans, by Hans Christian Andersen, Retold by Amy Ehrlich; and Battle Maps of the Civil War.

The last one has the most beautiful illustrated maps!  There is a map of the Battle of Shiloh’s first day, (April 2, 1862).  There is a map of the Battle at Mechanicsville (June 26, 1862).   There is another of the Battle of Fredericksburg (Dec. 13, 1862).  There is another of the Battle of Chancellorsville’s second day (May 2, 1862).  There is the map of a series of battles fought at Vicksburg (from December 1862 to July 1863).  There is a map of the Battle of Gettysburg’s second day (July 2, 1863).  There is a map of the Battle of Chickamauga’s second day (Sept. 20, 1863).

Each battle is accompanied by formal photographs of the main protagonists.  Mechanicsville has pictures of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Major Gen. A. P. Hill, Major Gen. George B. McClellan, and Major Gen. Fitz-John Porter.  The battle unfolds thus:

Porter’s Yankees contain A. P. Hill’s frontal attacks at Beaver Dam Creek, an assault doomed by Jackson’s failure to move against the Union flank.  Porter pulls back that night.  A. P. Hill is repulsed at 2 p.m., and so is Longstreet’s diversion two hours later.  The divisions of D. H. Hill and Ewell hit the Union right about 4:30, but are driven off with heavy losses.

Fascinating, simply fascinating.

Stay tuned.

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