Memoirs of Chaplain Life by Father Corby. Father Corby is the Catholic Priest (what else?) to the famous Union Irish Brigade. There's a statute of him at Gettysburg giving absolution to the men before they marched into the wheatfield. Highly readable and I'm already on page 170.
"The King's Ranger". A documentary about the Loyalist Lt. Colonel Thomas Brown and the East Florida Rangers and the effect they had on North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida during the Revolutionary War.
Next I plan to read "Nothing but Blood and Slaughter", a book primarily about the Revolutionary War in South Carolina but with quite a bit of spill over into North Carolina and Georgia.
I finished Under the Black flag a few weeks ago. It's a historyof the Pirates of the Carribean. No, not the ride. It's surprising that as famous as that period is it only lasted about 30 years. I'm currently reading "A Rock and a Hard Place" . It's by that kid who had to cut off his hand to save his life. As far as I'm concerned he should have been dead for a while now with all the risks that he takes. More than once he almost got his companions killed as well. Also, I just got 1776 on tape from the library to listen to on my commute. I'm about halfway through the adventures of Lucky Jack Aubrey, also on tape, also from the library. (I'm Cheap)
Got a 'new old book' today.
La Marine: The French Colonial Soldier in Canada 1745-1761.
It brings together information from primary and secondary sources concerning the equipment , daily life and military service of Les Compagnies Franches de la Marine.
I just returned to St. Lewis (his sp) with Zebulon Pike from wintering on the upper Mississippi in 1805-06.
Now headed up the Missouri River with him. Will see if he learned his lesson to take no gun that throws less than 30 balls to the pound. (he said it should preferably throw balls of one ounce)
Memoirs of a Dutch Mudsill. It's the memoirs of a Prussian immigrant who joins the Union Army and his experience during the war. It's the first time I've ever read about a direct attempt to frag an officer. The writer had a soldier whirl around and point his gun at him. Only the timely intervention of another soldier who struck the barrel up at the moment of firing saved the writer's life. I would have executed the soldier on the spot and went on my way but the officer is much nicer than I.
Finished this book today. It was a great read, tons of info for re-enactors and just general information (the Hessians at Trenton were not hung-over from celebrating Christmas, as other account have them). Hey, the book has 100 pages of notes and references! :bow:
The Colonel's Diary by Oscar Jackson. You get to learn about the mid 19th Century courtship custom of holding. It's a chair that, if viewed from above, formed an "S" shape. The couple would sit such that the lady could rest her head upon the breast of her beau when they kissed. This is as opposed to bundling which was practiced in earlier times.
I'm currently reading GHOST SHIP OF THE CONFEDERACY - started it for the second time, but am bearing down on finishing it this time - about Confederate Capt. Raphael Semmes, and his vessels the SUMTER and the ALABAMA.
I still never finished the two I mentioned in December. It's not that I don't find these books interesting; it's just that I get distracted with so many things.