Hidden History of Civil War Tennessee, James B. Jones, History Press, paperback, 128 pages • $19.99, publication date, July 18, 2013.
From the Publisher: Tennessee’s Civil War history is an oft-told narrative of famous battles, cunning campaigns and renowned figures. Beneath this well-documented history lie countless stories that have been forgotten and displaced over time. Discover how Vigilance Committees sought to govern cities such as Memphis, where law was believed to be dead. See how Nashville and Memphis became important medical centers, addressing the rapid spread of “private diseases” among soldiers, and marvel at Colonel John M. Hughes, whose men engaged in guerrilla warfare throughout the state. Join author James B. Jones Jr. on an exciting journey through the unknown and hidden history of Civil War Tennessee.
James B. Jones Jr. is a public historian on the staff of the Tennessee Historical Commission/State Historic Preservation Office in Nashville. He has published many books and articles on many topics about Tennessee history, including but not limited to the Civil War. He serves also as the editor of the THC newsletter, the Courier. He earned a doctor of arts degree in history and historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University in 1983. He resides with his spouse in Murfreesboro.
CWL: The Civil War's sesquicentennial has been well served by History Press, based in Charleston, South Carolina. One of its several areas of focus is state and regional histories. History Press' offerings are well illustrated with period photographs and have narrative text and captions that is clear and concise. Fine examples of recent History Press' work include Civil War Pittsburgh: Forge of the Union, The Battle of Antietam, Civil War Winchester, Virginia and Civil War Frederick, Maryland. History Press' reliance upon local talent is exemplary. James B. Jones Jr. is a fine example of History Press locating the right author for the right topic; the publisher does not contract out ideas for books to non-specialist freelance writers who find most of their sources in encyclopedias and on the Internet.