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The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy ed. by William E. Gienapp and Erica L. Gienapp (review)

The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy ed. by William E. Gienapp... The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy. Edited by William E. Gienapp and Erica L. Gienapp. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. Pp. 880. Cloth, $45.00.) The Civil War sesquicentennial has brought forth a flood of new pub - lications about the war. Included in this recent wave of scholarship are a good number of books dealing with the Union and Confederate navies. Numerous biographies of naval personnel, studies of individual ships or engagements, and broader comprehensive works have led to a much better understanding of the role both navies played in the conflict. The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles is one of the most useful books to come out of this commemoration. It is the third and should be the final edition of Gideon Welles’s diary to be published. Unlike the 1911 edition edited by Welles’s son Edgar and the 1960 edition of historian Howard K. Beale, this one, edited by William and Erica Gienapp, stays true to the original manuscript edition written by Secretary Welles. Whereas infor- mation written at a later date by Welles and edits made by his son are con- tained within the body of the diary in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy ed. by William E. Gienapp and Erica L. Gienapp (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 5 (4) – Nov 21, 2015

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The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles, Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy. Edited by William E. Gienapp and Erica L. Gienapp. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. Pp. 880. Cloth, $45.00.) The Civil War sesquicentennial has brought forth a flood of new pub - lications about the war. Included in this recent wave of scholarship are a good number of books dealing with the Union and Confederate navies. Numerous biographies of naval personnel, studies of individual ships or engagements, and broader comprehensive works have led to a much better understanding of the role both navies played in the conflict. The Civil War Diary of Gideon Welles is one of the most useful books to come out of this commemoration. It is the third and should be the final edition of Gideon Welles’s diary to be published. Unlike the 1911 edition edited by Welles’s son Edgar and the 1960 edition of historian Howard K. Beale, this one, edited by William and Erica Gienapp, stays true to the original manuscript edition written by Secretary Welles. Whereas infor- mation written at a later date by Welles and edits made by his son are con- tained within the body of the diary in

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 21, 2015

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