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Fight As Long As Possible: The Battle of Newport Barracks, North Carolina, February 2, 1864 Paperback – June 16, 2010
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1. Most people don't live in North Carolina. The author fails to include any maps. This is a battle study: having no maps is a fatal flaw. Paul Zeller's fine 2008 history of the Ninth Vermont Infantry has two excellent maps of eastern North Carolina and the battle. How about working a deal to incorporate them?
2. The author laments that most written accounts are from United States sources, not Confederate. Yet he has overlooked several key US sources. If balancing the research calls for ignoring US sources, then he fully succeeds. In fact, he relies heavily on secondary sources and fails to use a shelf full of regimental histories, personal narratives and collections of letters. He does include several transcriptions from Southern newspapers. He should also note that Northern and Southern newspapers are often biased and just plain wrong. Lindblade accepts them at face value.
3. He notes that Confederate units prior to the campaign against the evil "Buffaloes," white natives of North Carolina who supported the United States. He fails to mention that North Carolina contained many people loyal to the United States and that these individuals were persecuted, jailed, and even executed by North Carolina Confederates and that the war in North Carolina was a true civil war. The author is a North Carolina native and seems to feel that there was overwhelming support for the Confederacy in the state.
4. The campaign's main event, the failed Confederate assault on New Berne, gets little attention.
5. The book reads more as an undergraduate's senior thesis than a critical campaign study. Lindblade needs to go to graduate school to learn how to read sources critically, develop more sources, and become a professional historian.