Sunday, July 18, 2010
Today's Book Purchase
Today I purchased Series 1, Volume 5 of The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, one of the 128 volumes in what is known in Civil War circles as the OR. (I couldn't resist the good price on Alibris!) This volume covers operations in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia from August 1, 1861 to March 17, 1862. I look forward to digging deeper into operations in Northern Virginia during the period prior to the Peninsula Campaign. From a quick look at the table of contents to the volume, I noticed that it includes reports on the skirmishes at Lewinsville and Dranesville, as well as the Battle of Ball's Bluff. Stay tuned for more detailed information on Civil War history in Fairfax County and other Northern Virginia counties during the early war years. This is an often overlooked period, but of considerable interest for those who wonder, "What the hell did the Army of the Potomac do before the Peninsula Campaign?"