I will have a "new" book coming out in a couple of weeks. Back in 2007, I wrote and published a straight historical monograph about The Battle of Secessionville and the impact it had on the Civil War. You can read about that book on my website at:
Now I am pleased to announce the coming of a Second Edition. If you missed this book, or failed to get it because the paper version was too expensive, or found the Kindle edition hard to work with, here's your chance!
opportunity to create the second edition of A
Scratch with the Rebels arose in 2014, when the original publisher of the
work decided to remove all electronic editions of their books from publication
on Kindle and Nook. In that event, the
electronic rights reverted to me, and I decided to revise and reissue the book
in all available electronic formats. This edition contains all of the material
from the original volume, but the reader will find several changes,
particularly in formatting.
I have removed
all endnotes, since they do not translate well to e-book formats. Wherever possible I have incorporated the
important information in the endnotes into the main body of the text. For those who have a need for full academic
documentation, such as specific page numbers, I refer you to the paperbound
first edition, which is still available on Amazon
or from the publisher, Mechling Books [1124 Oneida
Valley Road – Rte. 38, Chicora PA 16025-3820].
contained in the paper edition are also missing from this format. Enlarged and clearer prints will be available
shortly in three slideshows on my website.:
Pictures of some of the leading figures in the story can be found at http://www.katzenhausbooks.com/People-Nellie-Knew.html.
Familiar scenes can be found at http://www.katzenhausbooks.com/People-Nellie-Knew.html.
A selection of maps will be coming shortly.
The new e-book will have a new cover, loosely
based on the original but updated and modernized.
itself has undergone some necessary revisions to correct or clarify
content. Readers will find passages
broken into shorter paragraphs for easier reading and to make clearer the
separation of original quotes from the author’s commentary.
I also split two of
the lengthiest chapters to allow some needed reorganization of material. The
original Chapter 5: “Grinding the Seed Corn,” now concentrates on the
Confederate side of the story, while the Union story forms a new Chapter 6: “ A
Task Worthy of our Greatest Efforts.” The original Chapter 6: “This Cursed Soil of
South Carolina” is now Chapter 8 and is more narrowly focused on military
matters. A new Chapter 7: “Gideon’s Band” looks at the problems of slavery,
which had an enormous effect on how the military handled the occupation of
coastal South Carolina.
The book should be available in all electronic forms by the end of February. Stay tuned for updates.