A couple of new releases have arrived in my mailbox over the last few weeks.
Thanks to the good folks at Random House for sending a copy of Bruce Levine's new book
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South.
From the dust jacket: In this major new history of the Civil War, Bruce Levine tells the riveting
story of how that conflict upended the economic, political, and social life of
the old South, utterly destroying the Confederacy and the society it represented
and defended. Told through the words of the people who lived it, The Fall of
the House of Dixie illuminates the way a war undertaken to preserve the
status quo became a second American Revolution whose impact on the country was
as strong and lasting as that of our first.
After seeing the "reviews" on Amazon this looks like it will be an interesting book. Those who refuse to accept that slavery was the driving force in the cause of the war seem to have taken it upon themselves to post a bunch of 1 star reviews with little real thought or insight.
Thanks go out to author David C. Reavis for sending along a nicely autographed copy of Upon These Steps: Brothers in NC 23rd Regiment.
From the book cover: Two brothers are faced with whether or not to join the Confederate Army.
One decides to voluntarily enlist, while the other joins only after being
drafted. The brothers’ episodes reflect the chronicles of the “Granville
Rifles,” a Company within the NC 23rd Regiment. From the Battle of Bull Run to
Sherman’s occupation of Raleigh, the plight of each boy gives the reader an
insider’s glimpse of the war. Left behind on the family farm are their parents
and siblings. Relive what a Southern family had to endure during the war years.
All major events seem to originate on the home’s unique circular rock steps.
Soldiers leave for and return from war, slaves are freed, Yankees pay a visit,
and suitors come a calling. The epic story of this Southern family is a unique
blending of historical fiction with a storyline that reflects the resilience of
the human spirit. The book is the result of over 35 years of genealogy research
of the author. All characters are based on actual people living during the Civil
War, with many events being based on eyewitness accounts as recorded by the
soldiers in letters written home.
Mr. Reavis is retired from the State of North Carolina and has been doing genealogy research for over 35 years. Please be sure to see his websites www.reavishistory.com and www.uponthesesteps.com . Theres is also a Facebook page for the book here.