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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609492838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609492830
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Achemist by education and profession, Jim Schmidt is currently employed as a pharmaceutical research scientist near Houston, Texas. Jim has had a lifelong interest in history and has written more than fifty articles for the Civil War News and North & South, World War II, Learning Through History and Chemical Heritage magazines and other publications. He is the author, editor or contributor to four other books on the American Civil War, including Notre Dame and the Civil War: Marching Onward to Victory (The History Press, 2010). He has given presentations on Civil War history to groups across the Midwest, South and mid-Atlantic. Jim Schmidt is a member of The Woodlands (TX) Civil War Round Table and the Galveston Historical Foundation.

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Hi! My name is Jim Schmidt and thanks for visiting my amazon.com Author Page! I am a chemist by training and profession and currently work for a biotech company near Houston, TX.

But by night (and by lunch!) I am a writer!

I have always been interested in history, and have been especially interested in the Civil War for the past 20 years. My special interests are in Civil War medicine, Catholic chaplains and sister-nurses, and the intersection of business history and military history.

I have been writing historical pieces for magazines and newspapers for about 15 years. My work has been published in *North & South*, *The Artilleryman*, *Learning Through History*, *World War II*, *Chemical Heritage*, and *Today's Chemist* magazines. My column, "Medical Department," has appeared regularly in *The Civil War News* since September 2000.

My books include "Notre Dame and the Civil War: Marching Onward to Victory" (2010), "Years of Change and Suffering: Modern Perspectives on Civil War Medicine" (2009), and "Lincoln's Labels: America's Best Known Brands and the Civil War" (2008).

My latest book - released in September 2012 - is "Galveston and the Civil War: An Island City in the Maelstrom"!

You can learn more about my interests by visiting my "Civil War Medicine" or "Notre Dame in the Civil War" blogs or e-mailing me at schmidtjamesm at gmail dot com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barto Arnold on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book for both the general reader and the professional community. As a nautical archaeologist with an ongoing research project concerning a site in Galveston, I found this an excellent if brief retelling of Galveston's Civil War experience. It particularly appeals to me in the extensive use of archival resources such as letters and diaries to bring the experience of individual participants to the fore.

The volume's editor would have done well to consult a specialist regarding proper use of maritime terminology (see the chapter on blockade-running), but a few such errors will not detract from the public's enjoyment and are easily fixed in future printings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Childs on February 2, 2013
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A well-written and concise history of Galveston, TX in the Civil War. Looks at military and civilian aspects of the war, plus its impact on the region and on the course of Civil War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Hall on November 20, 2012
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Jim Schmidt's Galveston and the Civil War: An Island City in the Maelstrom is a unique and valuable account of the experience of Galvestonians during the conflict of 1861-65. While several previous works have focused on military and naval activities on the upper Texas coast, none has devoted as much attention to the experiences of common citizens and soldiers as this book does. I had the pleasure of corresponding with the author during the development of this book, and reading sections of it before it went to print, and was impressed by the depth of Jim's scholarship and the variety of primary source material he has pulled together to tell a complex story that, up to now, has only been briefly touched on by others.

As a native Galvestonian with a long-abiding interest in the history of my own home town, I was surprised at how much new material, and new understanding, Jim has brought to this short volume. His closing chapters on the scourge of yellow fever and the arrival of emancipation are particularly important in understanding Galveston's past and the long-lasting legacies of the war here. Jim's dogged research and fine writing skills have combined to produce a volume that is both easily accessible to the casual reader and valuable to the scholar seeking a better understanding of the war on the Texas coast. This book will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in local history, the Civil War in Texas, or the home front in the South during that conflict.
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James M. Schmidt has earned a reputation for quality Civil War writing whether it be his medical column in Civil War News, his regularly updated blog Civil War Medicine (and Writing), his guest posts on various blogs, or his wide range of books.

In his new book Galveston and the Civil War Mr. Schmidt sets out three main goals: First is to provide readers a lively and well illustrated account of Galveston and the Civil War. Second is to add to the scholarship of Galveston by addressing subjects that have previously received little coverage. These include slavery, Unionist dissent, yellow fever, and the heroic actions of the Ursuline sisters. Lastly, to further add to the literature on the city by using previously unpublished primary resources. While I am far from an expert on the history of Galveston and admit to knowing little about the war there, I am convinced that all three goals have been achieved!

The book starts off strong with a discussion of slavery in Galveston and has Schmidt ably refuting the nineteenth century claims that slavery was not a major factor in the Galveston economy and also that slaves loved the island and did not want to leave. Just as the book starts strong towards one of the goals the ending (well, next to the last chapter) covers the yellow fever epidemics and the attempts of doctors to downplay the danger until it was too late. The period of 1837-1860 saw seven epidemics which left approximately 2,000 people dead. An 1864 outbreak left 259 dead with 117 being soldiers (more than double the number killed in the battle). Just after the war in 1867 more than 1,000 lost their lives to yellow fever with around 100 being soldiers.

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