Eric and I have been working pretty hard the past week or so putting together our sources for the book on Jubal Early’s 1864 Raid that we’ll be starting soon. As of tonight, our bibliography just reached 15 full single-spaced pages. We’re not nearly done gathering material, and it wouldn’t shock me a bit if the bib nearly doubles in size by the time we’re done.
Contemporary newspaper sources alone already take up an entire page of the bib. Eric put up a couple posts recently on his blog regarding the online searching of papers we’ve been doing, as well as putting our researcher on more at the Library of Congress. Marc Leepson, in his recent book on the Battle of Monocacy, didn’t use a single newspaper (other than a couple quotes from a Harpers issue). Not a single paper. [Correction (see comments section): Leepson did use a half dozen contemporary newspapers or so, but they are not listed in his bibliography. One can find them, however, cited in the pertinent footnotes.]
As usual, Eric and I have been finding some of our best material in these papers. We employed very heavy use of newspapers for our books on Stuart’s Ride to Gettysburg and the Retreat, and they added immensely to the story. In my opinion, authors who do not use, or choose to ignore, the contemporary accounts in newspapers do so at their own peril. Soon, I’ll be putting a page for the Jubal Early Raid book up on my personal website so folks can get early information and particulars about it.
On other fronts, the third printing of our Stuart’s Ride book just went to press. We couldn’t be happier with the sales of this book. Its first printing sold out 5 days after release back in September 2006, and the second printing just got exhausted. Thank you to everyone who purchased the book and for the many kind comments we’ve received and continue to receive! It certainly sparked an enormous amount of discussion on Stuart’s ride and his role in the Gettysburg Campaign, and that’s what we truly wanted to see.
The book by Eric, Mike Nugent and myself on the Gettysburg retreat – One Continuous Fight – is going to the printer this week for galley. We’ll be receiving the galleys to edit, and various book clubs will be looking at it for inclusion in this year’s offerings. From the pdf files of the book I’ve seen, our publisher Ted Savas has done a wonderful job laying it out. Everything is on track for a May 1 release.