The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 92, July 1988 - April, 1989

Book Reviews

them in a position to interdict at least partially the flow of war supplies
from the west. With the fall of Port Hudson, the blockade became com-
plete. Western congressmen, military personnel, official orders, mail,
and normal commerce crossed by small boat at their peril, with Kirby
Smith's Trans-Mississippi Department headquarters at Shreveport and
various departmental sub-headquarters at Marshall resulting. It was
not for another nine months, however, that Banks's efforts produced a
campaign against northwest Louisiana and northeast Texas, ending ig-
nominiously with his defeat at Mansfield and the end of his presidential
ambitions.
Unfortunately, this otherwise excellent volume is flawed too fre-
quently by highly conjectural theses about what might have been.
Indeed, the author concludes his book with such speculation: "The
Confederates' 'dogged resistance' on May 27, 1863, brought about par-
ticipation by Negroes in the war and prevented Banks from supersed-
ing Grant-thereby hastening the downfall of the Confederacy and
making Port Hudson a turning point of the Civil War" (p. 179).
In short, I suggest that readers buy the book for its thoroughly re-
searched facts, but that they draw their own conclusions.
Marshall and Fort Worth MAX S. LALE
Confederate Imprints: A Biblzography of Southern Publications from Secesszon
to Surrender. By T. Michael Parrish and Robert M. Willingham, Jr.
(Austin: Jenkins Publishing Company, 1987. Pp. 991. Introduc-
tion, illustrations, notes, index. $95-)
Civil War historians are singularly fortunate to be beneficiaries of a
continual flow of quality, comprehensive works. In recent months there
has been the publication of a massive index to the original Confederate
Veteran, and now the latest and most thorough compilation yet of Con-
federate imprints is fresh off the press. With 9,497 entries, this bulky
text produced by T. Michael Parrish and Robert M. Willingham will
surely stand the test of time longer than preceding works of the genre.
Along with the rest who plow the fascinating fields of Confederate
history, however, Parrish and Willingham owe a debt to those who pio-
neered the collection of imprint data-and the debt is paid in a brisk
retrospective survey in the introduction to this volume. The early work
of Francis Parkman and the Boston Athenaeum is traced down to the
first imprint bibliography produced by Charles N. Baxter and James W.
Dearborn. Douglas Southall Freeman's still useful A Calendar of Confed-
erate Papers is noted, as is the previous most comprehensive study, Mar-
jorie Lynn Crandall's two-volume Confederate Imprints (1955). Richard

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