It’s been a busy time for me in terms of publishing successes. For starters, Potomac Books will be publishing my long awaited study on the Second Battle of Manassas. This book is entitled, “Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge.” Don’t be deceived by the title because the book includes the entire course of Longstreet’s August 30 counterattack including the destruction of the 5th New York Zouaves and the stand of the United States Regulars, Pennsylvania Reserves, and the ubiquitous Robert Milroy along Sudely Road and Chinn Ridge. The biggest honor for all of the research and writing that I did on that book is having received a ringing endorsement from John Hennessy, the dean of all things Second Manassas. John has generously written an introduction to this book and proven himself to be a most magnanimous gentleman. Here is a small snapshot from Hennessy’s introduction:
Scott Patchan has stepped into this historical morass armed with new sources, a detailed knowledge of the ground (absolutely indispensable when writing of a battle), and a fresh perspective. He has forged a monograph that clears much of the mud, sharpens the detail, and removes much of the guesswork involved in previous works dealing with the climactic clash at Second Manassas.
Readers of this blog can purchase this book in advance at a 25% discount by using the offer code 976879.
In addition to this, my first book, “The Forgotten Fury: The Battle of Piedmont,” published in 1996 will be in print again later this year and buyers will no longer have to fork over $400 to buy it! This book is not simply a reprint, but it reflects fifteen additional years of continued research and study of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign and an improved writing ability. This book will be published by the History Press. It covers Major General David Hunter’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley from his assumption of command of the U.S. Army of the Shenandoah through the Battle of Piedmont to his occupation of Staunton. This volume will be followed by one on the second leg of Hunter’s Campaign, his Lynchburg Raid. It will include his controversial occupation of Lexington, his march over the Peaks of Otter, the Battle of Lynchburg, Jubal Early’s pursuit of Hunter, the Battle of Hanging Rock at Salem, Virginia and Hunter’s Retreat into West Virginia.
The best news about all of this is that two out of these three books are complete. Those of you who love to read detailed military history of the Civil War will be in for a real treat with all of these.