Monday, July 26, 2004

Embattled Shrine: Jamestown in the Civil War by David F. Riggs

Not sure how this one wound up on my shelf, probably one of the monthly selections from the History Book Club before I started to care what they were sending me, or when I was buying everything and anything they had on the Civil War. It is the definitive study on this subject, but that makes it neither interesting nor important. Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, is an island in the James River that the Confederates used as part of their defense up to and during the 1862 peninsula campaign, and which the Federals took over and used as a communications link for the rest of the war. That’s it.

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