Colonel Elmer Ellsworth was the first Union officer to die in the American Civil War. No new biography of his life has been published since 1960--so I am writing one.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I had a headache all day yesterday, got stuck getting dates from 3 sources to line up, and ended up sleeping until 10:30 this morning. This can't be good!! I am going to have a cup of coffee and wade into the fray once again. After all, we are still in Massachusetts on the Grand Tour, and I know there is not enough analysis of mob mentality and what Adam Goodheart alludes to in 1861--the Beatles effect. If you have any interest in the Civil War at all, 1861 is a marvelous book.
I have no idea if there are more--1862, 1863, etc.--probably not. It is such a new, fresh, refreshing look--not in the "Battles and Leaders" mode at all. He is my newest god.