For the Bibliomaniac


Here are a few excellent selections for those of us who do civilian impressions. Read a good one lately? Re-read an old favorite? Why not share it with us! Send in a review of your favorite title. Be sure to tell us the author, title and ISBN (if available).


Several interesting selections are highlighted this issue! Thanks to Dave Schmid and Don Hagist for their submissions. If you've read a good one lately, send along your review--good or bad, long or short--and let others know what is or is not a good read!

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John Peebles' American War: The Diary of a Scottish Grenadier, 1776-1782. Ira D. Gruber, ed. Stackpole Books, 1998, 582 pages, some illustrations. Originally published at $49.95, ONLY $42.00 from Don Hagist.
Peebles' Diary was formerly only available on microfilm, but is now available in this excellent footnoted, indexed and annotated version. This is the diary of an officer of the grenadier company of the 42d Regiment of Foot. Peebles is probably one of the most valuable sources of information on daily military activities and occurrences during the American Revolution. The diary not only contains specific information on the clothing and equipment of the regiment, but it also offers many details on food, battles, clothing, military procedures, social activities, plus general commentary on the daily progress of the war. John Peebles' American War is of course a must-have for anyone doing a 42nd Foot impression, but it also provides interesting insights into 18th-century military matters for any student of the American Revolution.
--Mark Tully.
(Now available from Don Hagist, Bookseller).

Enemy Views: The American Revolution as Recorded by the Hessian Participants. Bruce E. Burgoyne, trans. and ed. 616 pages, map, index, paper bound, $28.00 + $4.00 s&h.
Bruce E. Burgoyne has spent years translating reams of diaries, journals, letters, and other writings of German soldiers in America during the Revolutionary War. Burgoyne brings together extracts from 34 sources. Rather than present them individually, he has arranged the material chronologically, making it very convenient to examine particular events from many points of view. There are chapters for each year of the war, with sections devoted to every major campaign, battle, and garrison.
Enemy Views affords an opportunity to experience the many facets of military life during the American Revolution through the eyes of some of the participants. The German soldiers who recorded their experiences and observations for their families, friends, patrons and commanders, have provided us with a valuable resource for understanding the individuals whom we portray.
--Don Hagist
(Now available from Don Hagist, Bookseller).

Treatise on Partisan Warfare. By Johann Ewald. English translation edited by Robert A. Selig and David Curtis Skaggs. Hardcover, 192 pages. $42.00.
This is an English translation of Johann Ewald's classic essay, Abhandlung Uber den kleinen Krieg. Originally published in 1785, it describes light infantry tactics in an era of heavy infantry formations. Selig and Skaggs provide extensive scholarly notations with the text, explaining people, places, and events. This first English translation is of real value to historians of American Revolution and pre-Napoleonic warfare. Includes a complete bibliography and index .
(Now available from Don Hagist, Bookseller).

A Woodland Feast; Native American Foodways of the 17th & 18th Centuries. By Carolyn Raine, PO Box 24414, Huber Heights, Ohio 45425 (ISBN 0-89725-309-4). Price: $15 plus $1.50 S/H
Whenever Don Rettig of Rettig's Frontier Ohio, the historical book dealer, sees me coming down the lanes of Sutler's Row at a Re-enactment, He taunts me with some new titles. He knows that I am always game for new documentation. He scored big points with this latest one. Eating, is one of those dear pleasures in life, that can be enjoyed in your cabin and on the trail. A new publication written by Carolyn Raine of Ohio is an absolute wonderment of delectable delights and incredible research. Carolyn has done an outstanding job collecting primary documentation on Native American foodways during the 17th & 18th Centuries. As I have said before, "Man does not have to live on corn meal alone!" Carolyn offers us a wide variety to enhance our diets on our treks. She covers a wide base of topics and varieties. From meats to corn, breads, beans, squashes, wild rice, nuts, fruits, to roots, spices and beverages. Adding recipes to use with the wide variety that is documented from a vast amount of research completes the subject very well. I liked how she organized her chapters. For example with the topic of Wild Rice she gives the reader a brief introduction and uses quotes from Louis Hennepin, Peter Kalm, Pierre Radisson, and James Smith to document its uses. Well done, Carolyn! Giving the documentation up front helps you cut through to what is important in expanding your knowledge.
The Recipes are easy to follow and read. She talks about some of my favorites like the uses of popcorn, cranberries, wild rice, maple sugar and fresh meat. Upon looking through the meals, I did notice that they all are easy to prepare and can be done in your tin cup or kettles. This kind of information is invaluable to know when preparing yourself for a trek. I prefer that my hot meals have a short cooking time and are on the easy side to prepare. Usually when on a trek, time to prepare a meal is fleeting, so these quick meals will help you tremendously.
Another thing that I enjoyed about this book were the six pages of Bibliography. This is extremely helpful. Use this list to expand your personal library. Most titles listed in the bibliography are obtainable through inter-library loan or at your local university. I recommend this book to those of you interested in having a variety of interesting and authentic food stuffs. Congratulations Carolyn-- great book!
-- by David A. Schmid

For other book reviews and gift ideas seeDon Hagist, Bookseller).