Reading Update – January

Notable Historical Trials III
Starting into a chapter on the Gordon Riots.
Children of Hurin
Tolkien’s story of men during the wars of against Morgoth in the First Age.  About half done.
1858
A critical year in the antebellum era as seen through participants. Just starting.
Guns of Cedar Creek
The 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek.  Just starting out 
The Secret War for the Union
Military Intelligence in the Civil War.  Pretty interesting so far. One nugget is that Pinkerton, so maligned for giving McClellan bad information, actually gave him better information than was known. Mac just inflated or ignored the information and gave his own absurd estimates to the government for his own purposes.  Gives Pope high marks for the start of his campaign, though he fell apart later on during the battle of Second Bull Run of course.
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