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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Greenbacks (pun intended), March 28, 2008
This review is from: The Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage: An Illustrated Compendium of the Everyday Language of Soldiers and Civilians (Paperback)
This book could be devided into a few paphlets. 1. "Nicknames-Names of a Few Oficer's Horses, 2. "A few (very few) Forts and Prison Camps of the Civil War," 3. "Ships of the Civil War: or Some of Them," 4. "Nicknames of a Few General Officers: or How 'Wild Bill' and 'Mean Jack' Got Their Nicknames", 5. "Common Military Terms: What the Army Called it in 1862 is What They Still Call it Today," and so on and on and on. A good 90% of what's left are words are terms that a high school senior could determine by the context of their use. The bibliography seems longer than the book. Honestly, and I really mean this, this book appears to be words jotted down by a civil war student (a true scholar, even) while they were pouring through endless volumes of books, letters, etc, and a term came up that they did not INSTANTLY understand. Then these terms and phrases were collected for decades and dumped together in this book with a "definition." It almost appears to be a shameless attempt to put the scraps of a fading historian together, for the sole purpose of financial gain. This book is not worth YOUR money.
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