The Sesquicentennial ought to be producing new works of fact on the war, instead of merely recycling and regurgitating the same old malarky. But greedy publishers and lazy editors will have their way.
Abbeville Press’s 2011 Great Civil War Heroes & Their Battles, a coffee-table book that originally retailed at Amazon for a whopping $49 (reduced now to $23 though still $29.95 at Abbeville’s site), not only repeats the flapdoodle, it goes it one better.
The book reproduces Nineteenth Century artwork of the Battle of Fort Sanders that bears scant resemblance to the actual terrain or to the fight itself. And the editors of the new volume add a new inaccuracy in the picture’s caption: setting the Rebel attack on the Northwest Bastion at around midnight on Nov. 28, 1863.